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How To Repair Your Molding

Repair or Replace Your MoldingMolding is commonly used in a home for one main purpose; to protect the delicate part of a wall (plaster and sheetrock) from any damage. Unfortunately, over time the molding can start to lose it’s visual appeal.

This can happen for a variety of reasons including normal aging or perhaps damage caused by a pet or moving accident. Either way, if it’s damaged you should replace it. You might avoid doing so due to the cost or labor but it’s a lot simpler and more affordable than many realize.

Keep the following in mind when approaching molding repairs:

Assess the Damage

It’s important to first determine if the molding damage is bad enough that it needs to be replaced. Sometimes you can get by with replacing only the damaged piece or section.

Locate the Molding Replacement

Depending on the age of your home they may not carry your molding in-stock which means custom millwork may be required if you need to keep the existing style or kind. Keep in mind that having custom millwork is pricier. In addition, choosing a new style or kind of molding may not complement the existing molding so you might have to replace more than the area that is damaged. If you do decide to get some custom millwork done, come to the custom millwork shop at Building Solutions. We can help you make whatever you need. Otherwise, you might be able to repair the damage with wood putty or epoxy.

Match the Paint

Depending on how long it’s been since the molding was done in your home, you may not have the same paint on hand. Or maybe you do but it’s been so long that it can’t be used now. Luckily, all you need is a paint chip from the molding to have your paint store associates match it for you.

 

Making Minor Repairs To Your Molding

Depending on the kind of damage, you might be able to easily repair the molding. For instance, scratches, cracks and dings can be addressed with wood putty. More extensive damage such as broken corners, deep gouges or unsightly areas would benefit from epoxy filler.

To do so you will need to sand the molding down, paying attention to raised edges and noticeable splinters. Doing so makes the filler application go more smoothly.

Once you’ve finished sanding it down, take a putty knife and apply wood filler over the damage. You might be apprehensive of using too much filler but it will shrink as it dries. Once it’s completely dry, you can sand over the area to even it out with the undamaged section of molding. While wood filler shrinks as it dries, epoxy does not and it’s not as easy to sand so pay attention to how much you use when using the epoxy.

Sand the section once you’ve allowed it to dry completely. Use fine grit sandpaper to achieve the smooth finish. Dust off the section and you’re ready to paint it. Rather than only paint over the improved area, paint the entire piece of molding so that it has a nice, even finish and won’t draw unwanted attention to the newly repaired section.

Now that you know what to do, all you need is some supplies. Come to Building Solutions for all your molding repair and replacement needs.

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