Nail holes or “Shiners” – visible nail heads – on hardwood floors often spoil the attractive and uniform appearance of most hardwood floors. They are a common problem when working with reclaimed wood, which already has holes from its previous use. Nail holes are an eyesore, and they could also harbor pests, dust, or trip people and cause painful scratches when objects get lodged in them. If you wish to make your floor look good, you should follow the following simple steps that give insight into how to repair them and get rid of pest and dirt.
Available Options in Repairing Nail Holes
You can repair these holes through a refilling process in which you can use either putty or filler complexes. Most people often refer to both filler materials as ‘wood filler.’
But even though the two are meant to serve the same purpose, they are different, and it is prudent to learn how each one of them is used so as to get the best outcome.
Wood putty is preferable when dealing with finished floors, and it comes in a variation of colors that can suit different floors. Wood putty is appropriate for quick nail hole repair, but it can never be finished because it does not dry completely. On the other hand, wood filler is best suited for bare hardwood because it can dry and harden completely and allow painting or sanding as part of the finishing process.
- Assess the whole wooden surface, identify, and mark the nail holes to be filled.
- Clean all the holes to eliminate debris and dirt by using a brittle brush or/and or electric blower.
- Use a putty knife or any other appropriate tool to scoop and fill the holes with the prepared filler material.
- After filling all the nail holes, wait for the material to settle for some time.
- In the case of wood putty, use the putty knife to clean off any excess filler material.
- If you are using wood filler material, sand down the filled surface in the direction of the wood’s grain using grit sandpaper.
- Finish off by applying the sealer, stain, and finishes to achieve an even and uniform surface.
Tips for Best Outcomes in Nail Hole Repair
Finally, here are a few tips on how to make your nail hole repairs more interesting so as to achieve remarkable outcomes.Focus the refilling process to the proximity of the nail hole to avoid damaging the finish of the rest of the surface
Avoid using wood putty and wood filler in filling larger crevices, holes, and cracks on wooden floors. Instead, use wood, and if possible seek the assistance of a wooden floor technician to avoid the possibility of causing damage to your floor.
Consider blending different colors of wood putty if you are looking for a more dramatic finish that could give your floor more elegance, but you should be careful not to overdo it because the repairs may stand out from the rest of the wooden surface.