how to remove wood filler over screws?

Wood filler is a great way to fix holes, but when it comes time to remove it, you may find yourself wishing you hadn’t used it as much.

That’s because wood filler over screws can be difficult to get off without damaging your project or tools in the process.

Fortunately for you (and everyone else who has ever had this problem), there are several ways to remove wood filler over screws that don’t involve taking out the screws first. Here are four methods I’ve used with great success:

How do you remove dried wood filler?

  • Use a razor blade to remove the excess.
  • Use a wet rag to remove the excess.
  • Use a sanding block to remove the excess.
  • Use a scraper to remove the excess.
  • Use a heat gun to remove the excess (this is not recommended).
  • Chisel away at it until you can get it out of there, but don’t go too crazy!

Can you cover screws with wood filler?

Yes, you can cover screws with wood filler.

Wood filler is a great way to fill in and smooth out the holes left by screws in a piece of furniture or woodworking project.

It comes in two main types: dry and wet. Dry wood filler is applied by hand or with an orbital sander; wet wood filler needs to be sanded after application but dries faster than dry.

Both kinds will work for covering over screws, but we recommend using the wet kind because it’ll dry quicker and won’t require as much sanding later on—you’ll spend less time getting rid of excess filler. To use this method:

  • Use a putty knife to apply a layer of wet or dry spackling (a type of fine-grained) joint compound over each screw head before applying any other kind of joint compound or paint coating; this will prevent them from showing through later.*

Can you wash off wood filler?

If you’re trying to remove wood filler over screws and don’t want to use sandpaper, there are some other options.

  • A damp cloth—A damp cloth can be used to wipe away the excess wood filler. This should not be used on the entire surface of the area that has been covered in wood filler, as a wet rag could damage your paint job and leave streaks behind. Instead, work with a small section at a time until you’ve cleaned off all of the excess filler. You may have to wring out your rag before it dries and becomes too difficult to use effectively. Then move onto another section of wood filler until all have been removed from both sides of your project’s surface area.*
  • A damp rag—This method is similar in process to using one or two dry rags; however these are typically wetter than what would usually fall under this category (i.e., “damp”). The advantage here is that because it’s slightly more moist than just regular old dryness (but not full-on wetness), it will help break down any stubborn areas where pieces of leftover residue might still cling despite being rubbed away repeatedly already by hand alone.*

Does wood putty come off?

If you’ve ever had to remove wood putty from a surface, you know it can be quite a challenge. Thankfully, there are several ways to do so that don’t require much time or effort on your part.

You can either use a damp rag or cloth to wipe away the excess filler, or you can sand down the area with medium grit sandpaper until smooth.

How do I get rid of excess fillers?

In order to get rid of excess fillers, you’ll need to scrape any excess filler off with the putty knife. If there’s still some left behind, use a damp cloth or sponge and rub until it’s all gone.

You could also try using an abrasive pad if you want to remove wood fillers from hardwood floors.

You should also consider using an electric sander when removing wood fillers from hardwood floors because it can make the job easier for you!

How do you cover exposed screws?

If you need to cover exposed screws, you have a few options. The first is to remove the screw and fill in the hole with wood putty.

You can use a putty knife or other type of metal spatula (without sharp edges) to apply it. Let the wood filler dry for 24 hours before sanding it smooth with an 80-grit sanding block.

Wipe up excess dust with a damp cloth after sanding is complete.

How do you cover up screw holes?

The best way to repair screw holes is with screws of the same diameter as those that caused the damage. This method will give you a clean, sturdy repair that won’t cause any issues in the future.

However, if your screw hole is too small or irregularly shaped to use a standard sized screw, there are other options available. Here are some methods for fixing holes:

  • Use a slightly larger-than-standard diameter screw and fill it around it with wood filler (or putty).
  • Use a smaller-than-standard diameter screw and fill it around it with wood filler (or putty).

How do you cover a screw with pokes?

You can use a putty knife to scrape off the excess filler. Make sure to apply gentle pressure so you don’t remove any of the wood or screw head.

You can also use a damp cloth to wipe away any excess filler that has not been scraped away by the putty knife.


Congratulations! You have successfully removed the wood filler over your screws. Now you’re ready to get back to work and enjoy your newly repaired furniture.

Be sure to check back in with us next week when we talk about what you need to know before painting a room in your house!

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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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