hole in bead board

jmfjam1118May 21, 2013

how do i repair holes in my bead board ceiling? They are smaller than a dime. thanks in advance for any help.

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brickeyee

Is the ceiling painted or stained?

Paint hides a lot, including patches and plugs.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 10:19AM
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jmfjam1118

its got one coat of paint on it. i plan to put another coat after repairs. the holes have no backing, so i wasn't sure if just caulk would work.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 10:24AM
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brickeyee

Some polyurethane caulk might work, but you would likely have to flatten or shape it after it hardened.

You could turn tapered plugs, or make a 'Dutchman' type repair by cutting a recess around the hole and gluing in a thin layer of wood.

If you are lucky you might be able to purchase some cross grain plugs larger than the holes and then drill the holes to match the plugs, glue them in, then shape them as required.

Under a coat of paint even long grain plugs (think dowel pieces) might work, but they would be much harder to shape since you would be cross cutting them (and they might pop out).

Even a blob of Minwax high Performance Wood Filler might work, but you would need to shape it (not that hard to do with wood chisels when it has started to cure but is not fully hardened).
You might pop the plug out if you let it harden completely and then try to chisel it to match.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 2:22PM
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bobismyuncle

Bondo (Very similar, if not identical to Minwax high performance wood filler).

Here is a link that might be useful: bondo

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 6:55PM
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brickeyee

Bondo is harder than needed for wood repair and causes divots from trying to sand it flush around the repair.

You MUST use solid backing for the sandpaper to protect the area around Bondo when sanding.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 1:30PM
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Fynite

brickeyee, if shaping is the issue, could you use long grain plugs, cut them short, glue them in and then use them as backing for whatever caulk you were going to use to allow you to use a softer, more shapeable caulk?

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 3:48PM
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homebound

Caulk, maybe, but it can drag and is more trouble than something you can sand to perfection. If I caulked, I would do in two steps. First fill the majority of the hole (don't leave it "proud") Then the 2nd thinner application won't have much schrinkage.

Or you could fill them with MH Ready Patch, using a putty knife. If you need backer, glue in some sticks (tie a string or thread to them so you can pull them in place). When they're dried in place, fill 'em.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 8:25PM
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energy_rater_la

I'd use a backing inserted into the holes and then
caulk the backing to the beadboard.

always when you caulk you go back the next day
to fill in any missed area or shinkage from drying of
caulk.

I've used backer rods for a lot of holes, but sometimes
have used a piece of foam board if gap is larger, or
oddly shaped so that the backer rod won't work.

if your plug is tight it doesn't need a backing.

sometimes we make things harder than they have
to be. I do it sometimes myself..then kick my self
when I realize what I've done.

best of luck.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 11:40AM
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