Baseboard corners are easily chipped, cracked, and banged up. It’s important to repair these problems before they become worse and the whole baseboard needs to be replaced. Although it might seem daunting at first, this is a good project for even the beginning handyman.
Fixing baseboards doesn’t require a great deal of time or money. It’s a good project to get your feet wet even if you’re just starting out. The tools and materials needed are minimal. You’ll find much needed information and guidance at your local library. Let’s get started:
- Wood Putty
- A Narrow Blade Putty Knife
- Paint and Paintbrush
- A Clean Rag
Take a fine grit sandpaper and sand the area to be repaired. This is to remove dirt and any paint chips that may remain. Sand lightly in a circular motion. Start with a coarser grit moving to a finer grit as needed. Make sure to remove all paint chips and jagged edges. Wipe off with your rag being sure to remove any dust or grit. Now you’re ready for the wood putty.
Use a good quality wood putty. Mix your wood putty thoroughly. You want to be sure the color is consistent before applying. Take a little putty on your putty knife and, starting on the outside, pull the putty toward the gap. Apply the putty evenly being sure not to apply too much. The less putty, the better, because it hardens like stone. This will make it difficult to sand. For close areas the tip of a straight edge screwdriver can be used. Use your rag to wipe off excess putty. Let the putty dry overnight.
Once the putty’s dry it’s time to sand. Start with a coarse grit of sandpaper. Sand using a circular motion so as to get a nice even look. Gradually change sandpaper grit until the finest grit is used. Apply a steady even pressure when sanding. You don’t want to crack or chip your repair. It’s a good idea to occasionally wipe the surface with your rag so you won’t scratch your work area. Sand evenly and not too much. Wipe with your rag when you’re done sanding.
Now it’s time to paint. A primer can be used, but it isn’t essential. What is essential is that the paint you use match the existing paint. Make sure you give your paint a good stir so that the color blends completely. Starting on the outer edge pull the paint over the repair and out the other side. Change direction with each pass. Apply the paint thinly so you get a nice even coat. Let the paint dry thoroughly and apply a second coat if necessary. Stand back and admire your work.Home improvement can be a great way to get the family together. Make every project a family project. You’ll improve the look of your home and have a great time together.
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