how to get wood filler into screw holes?

So, you’ve got a bunch of holes in the wood that needs filling. You might be wondering whether you can use wood filler for this task. The answer is yes! We’ll explain why and how below:

Can you fill screw holes with wood filler?

Yes! You can use wood filler to fill in screw holes. Wood filler is great for filling in small imperfections and holes, so it’s perfect for this project. It also comes in different colors, textures, and finishes to match your existing stain or paint.

  • First, clean out the hole with a toothpick or small brush (this will help the wood filler adhere better). Then using a damp cloth, wipe away any dirt from around the hole so that it doesn’t interfere with application of the filler.*
  • Apply a thin layer of wood filler over each side of each screw head until they’re completely covered. Let dry overnight before sanding smooth and applying a final coat of stain or paint.*

How do you fill screw holes in wood?

If you want to fill screw holes, the first thing you need to do is drill a hole that’s the same size as the screws.

This will allow for a clean fit of your filler material and make sure it doesn’t get caught in any jagged edges from drilling.

Make sure you use a drill bit that’s sharp enough, but not too sharp as this could cause damage to your work surface or even scratch up your screw head by accident (which would be very annoying!).

It’s also important that the drill bit isn’t too small — if it doesn’t match up with the screw perfectly then you’ll end up with a gap between where it goes through and where there’s no filler material left behind at all!

Now comes time for filling those pesky holes! For this step, we recommend using wood filler because its consistency gives maximum coverage without leaving any excess residue behind.

You should apply some pressure when using wood filler so that it fills all around where each hole used to be; otherwise, there will probably be some gaps between where they go through and where there’s no filler material left behind at all!

What to use to fill in wood holes to redrill?

In order to get the wood filler into the holes, you will need to use a product that is made for filling holes in wood.

There are many different types of fillers and you want to make sure that you choose one that is the same color as your original wood.

If it’s not a perfect match, at least try to find one that has similar tones so it blends seamlessly with your piece of furniture or whatever else it may be used on.

You also want a filler that matches the type of finish on your piece of furniture as well as its grain pattern (the way grooves appear in an object).

It might be possible for you to find these two things separately if they aren’t available together; however, there’s no guarantee they’ll work well together unless they were designed specifically for each other by manufacturers specifically designed their products this way!

How do you smooth wood filler?

  • Use a putty knife to smooth out the wood filler.
  • Use a wet sponge or wet paper towel to smooth out the wood filler.
  • Blow warm air over the wood filler with a blow dryer, and then use your finger to smooth it out as it dries.
  • Use a heat gun to warm up the wood filler and make it easier to smooth with your finger or putty knife, then let it cool before moving on to another area

What’s the difference between wood filler and wood putty?

While both wood filler and wood putty are used for filling holes in wood, they’re not identical. Wood putty is a paste that’s applied with a putty knife or a similar tool; it dries hard and has a sandable finish.

Wood filler, on the other hand, is a solid material that’s applied with your fingers (or an applicator) and can be painted over once dry.

Wood putty is more flexible than wood filler—it will crack if you press down too hard on it when you use it—but both materials can be sanded after they’ve dried completely.

Can wood glue be used as wood filler?

No, you should not use wood glue as a wood filler. It’s possible that if you apply the right amount of glue to your hole, it may stick to the surrounding wood. However, this is unlikely and would require more effort than is worth it.

Instead of using glue as a filler, consider using it to strengthen your patch job. To do so:

  • Mix together equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Apply this solution liberally over any area where repair work is needed on your piece of furniture or other items! This will help loosen up any hardened filler (and other material) that gets lodged in small cracks or holes before applying them again with a putty knife so there aren’t any air bubbles left behind when finished – which can cause ugly patchy areas when painted over later on down the road!
  • After letting everything dry for about 15 minutes (while still lightly damp), flip over onto its side so all four sides are exposed equally without being covered up by anything else nearby while they’re drying off too 😉

How thick can wood filler be applied?

Wood filler comes in a variety of types, but the thickness of each type is generally the same. Each filler has its own specifications and recommendations, but in general:

  • Some fillers are meant to be used as base coats and others are meant to be used as top coats. This can have an effect on how thick it can be applied.
  • For example, if you’re working with “dual-purpose” wood filler that’s designed for both interior use (as a base or top coat) and exterior use (as a base or top coat), then you’re going to have more flexibility when it comes to how thick your application should be.

However, if you’re using two kinds of wood filler at once (a soft putty style for gaps between boards and a hard paste style for chip repairs) then the soft putty needs more time before it dries completely so that there aren’t any bubbles left behind after sanding—but this also means that there will be less material available for smoothing out large areas at once.

What is the best way to cover screw holes?

  • Use a filler that matches the wood.
  • Use a filler that is the same type of wood as the surrounding area.
  • Use a filler that is hard enough to fill the hole and sand smooth (but not so hard it doesn’t take paint).


Hopefully, this article has answered all your questions about filling screw holes. You may have to try a few different methods before you find one that suits your needs perfectly.

Once you do though, you can fill all those annoying gaps with ease!

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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