How to repair a damaged wooden mantle piece

Task difficulty: Very easy

Your wooden mantelpiece has been damaged when you tried to strip off paint. You want to repair the damage.

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Step by step process

  1. Step 1

    Step 1

    Cover all furniture and flooring.

  2. Step 2

    Step 2

    Ensure the mantelpiece is clean, dry and structurally sound. Cut away any soft or rotting wood.

  3. Step 3

    Step 3

    Stir the Polycell Wood Flex Polyfilla until creamy, then using a filling knife, press well into the damaged area. Smooth to an even finish with the knife.

  4. Step 4

    Step 4

    Deep damage or holes should be built up in layers of 10mm - allow each layer to dry in between (this will take approx. two hours). Thick layers should be left overnight to dry.

  5. Step 5

    Step 5

    Sand the area prior to painting. If you're intending to use a stain, test a small are first to ensure a colour match between the filler and the wood.

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