How to Apply Wood Putty?

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If you have holes, cracks, and dents in your wooden furniture and household items, then you may need to use wood putties. This excellent residue can fill up holes and cracks with ease. But some of you may wish to know how to apply wood putty. If you are one of those people, then you came to the right place cause I’ll tell you how to you can use wood putty with ease. So let us take a look at the steps to apply wood putties.

Why use wood putties?

Before we get into the details about how to apply wood putty it would be worthwhile if we look at some of the reasons why people use wood putties.

Wood putties are used to fill the imperfections left in a wooden material before finishing making them. They can also be used to fill unwanted holes, cracks, and dents in wooden items. They are generally comprised of wood dust, binders, diluent and sometimes pigments. Some putties are even made up of a combination of wood dust and silica. The downside of using or applying wood putty is that it is hard to match their color with the wood. These days you can find all sorts of wood putties from different brands, but these are the best wood putties available in the market. 

There was a time when I couldn't tell the difference between wood putty and wood fillers. If you are like me then the previously mentioned link might clear your doubt.

How to apply putty?

Before we talk about the steps to use wood putties you may need to have some essential materials. So here are some of the things you may need:

  • Wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Sandpaper

STEP-1: Open the wood putty container. Some containers may include a spatula for the ease of mixing and a tube of hardener.

STEP-2: Mix up the wood filler with the hardener using the spatula. If you have different colors of wood putty, then mix them up to get a more of a blended color.

STEP-3: Take the right amount. It is easy to get tempted to fill the putty knife with tons of putty. Don’t make that mistake cause you may think it will be easy to sand the putty off after it has hardened but the putty can get even harder than the wood itself, and it may not be as easy to sand it as you may think it is.

How long does wood putty take to dry

STEP-4: Fill the holes, dents and cracks thoroughly using the putty knife. Hold the knife over the hole for a few seconds at an angle of thirty degrees and run it across the hole or dent. Scrape off the excess putty. Make sure that you do it quickly as the putty might harden fast.

STEP-5: After the putty is spread, use your fingers and press the putty more in-depth into the cracks and wipe the excess putty off. Then wipe your fingers with a piece of dry cloth.

STEP-6: Leave the putty for 20-30 minutes to dry off. We will discuss more the timing in details as we proceed further into the post.

STEP-7: After the putty has dried up take a piece of medium-sized sandpaper and rub it over the putty filled holes. Do it gently and thoroughly and take some time. The holes might get harder than the wood, and you may find it very difficult to sand. If that is the case then use an electric sander and rub off the holes in a more efficient way.

STEP-8: After doing all of the above you will be left with a lot of dust and sand over the wood. To clean up, use a vacuum cleaner which will clean all the dirt.

How long does wood putty take to dry?

So most of the time people ask this question very frequently “how long does wood putty take to dry?” And the answer to this question can vary depending on the type of wood putty that you use. It also changes based upon the materials that the putty is made out of. It usually takes between 20-30 minutes to dry up. But some putties can take 1-8 hours to dry up based on their material constituents. So make sure that you consider that before making any purchasing decisions. 

You might also want to take a look at the best wood fillers in the market right now.


If the wooden household items and pieces of furniture in your house have holes in them, they may look ugly and clunky. To get rid of them a wood putty or a wood filler gives you the best solution. So if you know how to apply wood putty, then a considerable amount of burden is removed from your shoulders.

Also, You may read this guide: ​How To Fill Wood Holes​​​

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