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Video:Repair Dents on Wood Cabinets

with Debbie Anderson

Small dents in wood cabinets can be unsightly and frustrating. Find out how to repair dents on wood cabinets.See Transcript

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Transcript:Repair Dents on Wood Cabinets

Hi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com. Finished wood kitchen cabinets are usually built pretty tough to endure the daily punishment they're designed to put up with in the kitchen, however, sometimes, the face of your cabinets may endure a few small dings and dents on the finish. So today I'm going to show you a quick and easy way to repair those small dings and dents in just a few easy steps.

What You Need to Repair Wood Dents

For this task, you will need a wood putty stick, a book of matches, and a clean work rag.

Fill the Dent with Wood Putty

First, dig the pointy end of the wood putty stick into the ding or dent you want to repair. Then, slowly work the wax from the wood putty stick into the dent or ding on the finished wood cabinet surface until the dent or ding is completely filled in with the wood putty.

For imperfections where it's difficult to work the wax into the dent or ding, go ahead and heat up the wax from the wood putty stick using a small match. Once the wax softens a bit, continue to work the wax from the wood putty stick into the imperfection in the finished wood cabinet surface until the dent or ding is completely filled in with the wood putty filler.

Let Putty Set

Allow the wood putty filler to set for 5 minutes so it can bond with the imperfection in the finished cabinet surface.

Smooth Cabinet Area

Finally, use a clean work rag to wipe away any excess wax from the wood putty stick until the repair appears smooth and flush with the rest of the finished wood surface on the kitchen cabinet.

Now, it's important to note here that this method is effective only if the ding or dent to the finished wood surface is relatively small, and as always, if you're not seeing the results you want or if the dent is a bit larger than what you can repair on your own, always remember to consult the help of a cabinet repair specialist.

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