Prep for Painting Wood: How to Prime and Fill Holes

What You'll Need
Wood filler paste
A flat edge screwdriver
A cleaning cloth
A paint brush

Painting wood often requires holes to be filled and primed before the painting can begin. Holes that need filling are often produced by nails, screws and are sometimes caused by damage. A filled hole requires sanding, and priming before any paint can be applied.

Step 1 – Cleaning the Hole

Use the screwdriver to remove any rough edges from the hole that you are filling. Use the sandpaper to smooth the edges of the hole.

Step 2 – Filling the Hole

Read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the wood filler before you begin. Following the directions, use the wood filler paste to fill the hole. Apply enough paste to fill the hole just over the wood surface. Allow the filler enough time to dry completely.

Step 3 – Sanding the Filler

Use the sandpaper to sand down the filler level so that it becomes even with the surface of the wood.  Be careful not to sand down the wood surface while you work.  Use a damp cloth to clean the area.

Step 4 – Priming the Area

Apply a primer to the filled area. Allow the primer enough time to dry completely before you apply any paint.