How to Repair Hole in Wood Garage Door

Having a garage door that can’t keep the elements out is an issue. It not only makes your home less secure and comfortable, but it’s also potentially dangerous to you and your family. No one should have to worry about their car being vandalized or about someone breaking in while they’re sleeping. But sometimes wooden garage doors might have holes build up in them. This is not a vital issue that you have to get worried about. Today I am going to discuss how to repair hole in wood garage door. So let us get started.

How to Repair Hole in Wood Garage Door

How Wood Garage Doors Get Damaged?

When you don’t take care of your wooden garage door, it gets damaged. At least that’s the way things work with almost all kinds of materials. It could be your car keys or a nail that hits the door while driving back home, which causes small and sometimes big holes in it. These holes may not look significant but they get bigger if no care is taken to repair them quickly. In addition, the wooden parts around these sites become weak and wear off over time, making the hole even bigger.

Step-Wise Guide on How to Repair Hole in Wood Garage Door

Identify the Type of Wood Your Garage Door Is Made Up of:

If you don’t take care of your wooden garage door, it will get damaged. That’s the way things work with almost all kinds of materials. Something as small as your car keys or a nail can cause small or big holes in the door. These holes may not look significant, but if they’re not repaired quickly, they’ll get bigger. The wooden parts around these holes will also become weak and wear off over time.

Damaged Wood Garage Door

Collect All Necessary Items for Repair Work:

First, you need to figure out which parts of the furniture need to be fixed. Then, you need to gather all the tools, materials, and supplies you will need for the job. This includes things like wood glue, sandpaper, sawdust, and polyurethane.

Clean the Surface With a Damp Cloth Lightly:

Remove a few clean sheets of cloth to wipe away any grease, dirt, or debris that may be stuck on it. Use warm water only, as this will ensure none of the luster is damaged in any way. Moreover, avoid using soap directly on the structure to wash away any colors (that you apply later) instantly.

Identify Where the Hole Is Located:

Check every inch of the door carefully to find its exact location. Once found out, note down its dimensions and mark it using a pencil.

Take Out Sawdust or Sanding Paper:

Depending on the depth and size of the hole, you have two options: sandpaper or sawdust & sandpaper. Sandpaper is used for minor dents, while sawdust and fine sanding paper can be used for deeper holes that need to be filled with wood filler. If you find any nail heads on the spot, make sure to pull them all out to avoid rust or insect issues.

Apply Some Glue Over Wooden Parts:

If there are holes in your wood, you will need to prepare your wood glue according to the instructions on the label. Once the glue is ready, apply it to the surface of the wood where the holes are. Use a damp cloth to smooth out the area so that there are no dry or excess areas of glue. If there are bubbles in the wood or the coat is wrinkled, you will need to fix them.

Use Sawdust/sanding Paper:

Take out your piece of sawdust/sandpaper and cover the area where there is no stain left on the deal (i.e., damaged portions). Make sure you do this job slowly but carefully, so none of the surrounding areas get chipped off while sanding down their edges/corners, etc.  

Sanding Papers

Lightly Sand Over a Surface:

When all loose ends have been properly fixed, you can then take out a soft cloth to wipe off the dust that has got stuck on the surface while sanding. Moreover, once you are done wiping away all the dust particles, it is recommended that you apply polyurethane over the rest of the wooden surface to add gloss and shine back into its original color.

Set Aside for Drying:

Once everything else has been properly fixed, let the glue dry completely to avoid any bubble or wrinkle issues later on after application of finish glaze over the entire structure. Moreover, make sure you don’t paint over these areas until full cure as this could lead to uneven coloring/shading, etc. instead, stick with using stains such as mahogany or dark oak, which are known for their long shelf life and more durable finish over a period of time.

Clean Surrounding Area:

If you have collected all tools, materials, or supplies before beginning work on the door, then cleaning up the entire surrounding area would be an easy task for you. Use some warm water & soap to clean the trash left behind by sawdust in the garage or any debris that may be stuck on walls/flooring etc.

Precautions While Learning How to Hole in Wood Garage Door

  • Repairing a hole in the door should be done only by trained and experienced people in this work.
  • Before starting repairs, check for any fire hazards around your garage door. If needed, clear a safe area with no danger of ignition from sparks or other ignition sources (e.g., oil-soaked rags). Remove all oily residue and combustible materials within the vicinity as much as possible to avoid the possibility of fire during the repair process.
  • While repairing, it would be better to use dust masks and safety goggles before repairing with saws such as electric jigsaws and hand saws. The fumes produced while cutting wood could be harmful if inhaled over prolonged periods of time, leading to respiratory problems.
  • While repairing the hole in your garage door, apply oil and wax on the saw blade before working on the wooden parts of your garage door. This would make the work easy and prevent it from getting damaged due to friction produced while cutting through wood pieces of a garage door.
  • Have all tools needed for repair ready and at hand before you start working on these types of projects so that you don’t need to take breaks during the repair process as frequent breaks can damage the structural integrity in a wooden material over long periods of time causing it to get worse than when first starting with this project.
  • Before starting repairs, check that no nails or any other sharp objects on the wood surface are part of your garage door. These nails and other sharp objects can easily puncture through the skin, causing lacerations and bleeding, leading to serious infections if not treated as soon as possible.
  • Wear protective clothing while repairing the hole in wooden parts of your garage door, such as gloves, safety glasses, or any other types of garments that will protect you from fire hazards caused by sparks produced when working with saws such as butane-powered solder guns.
Wear Protective Clothing


Repairing a hole in wooden garage doors should be done with extreme care and only by properly trained people to handle these types of situations before attempting any repairs on your own. I hope you have obtained all the necessary information about how to repair hole in wood garage door. Thank you and have a good day!

Angela Ervin

Angela Ervin

Angela is the executive editor of DIY quickly. She began her career as an interior designer before applying her strategic and creative passion to lifestyle and home. She has close to 15 years of experience in creative writing and online content strategy for housekeeping, home decorations as well as other niche efforts. She loves her job and has the privilege of working with an extraordinary team. She lives with her husband, two sons, and daughter in Petersburg. When she's not busy working she spent time with her family.

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