Monday, April 8, 2013

How to Repair Clock Wall Baseboard

Fig.1 Water Putty
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Blue paint tape
Latex primer white
Paint tray with plastic liner
Paint brush 2-inch
Sand paper sponge 120-grit
Semi-gloss white
Wood putty

Mrs. Toledo lives in San Bernardino, California. She called because she had seen my blog and she e-mailed me a small list of repairs. This job is one item on her repair list. Her oak clock fell down off the kitchen wall and fell on the new MDF molding. According the Burton Moldings website molding like MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is a type of hardboard, which is made from wood fibers glued under heat and pressure.

This post shows the eight steps to repair the damaged baseboard molding that been hit by a very heavy wall clock.

Step 1: Check out the damage, this time it was just a little 1/2 inch depression that exposed the MDF molding. The clock had scraped off the paint. 
Step 2: Fig.1 shows the wall putty that was used to fill in the depression on the baseboard.
Step 3: Fig.2 shows the mixture of the putty with water until the mixture is like peanut butter.
Step 4: Apply painters blue tape on the baseboard, paying special attention to any curvature on the baseboard. Fig.3 shows that the putty was placed over the depression. The tape keeps the putty in a confined area on the baseboard.
Fig.2 Mixing putty
Fig.3 Applying putty
Step 5: Fig.4 shows that the baseboard putty has dried and is ready for sanding.
Fig.4 Sand damages
Step 6: Fig.5 shows the baseboard being sanded with sandpaper sponge, to easily work around the baseboard contours.
Fig.5 Apply putty to damages
Step 7: Fig.6 shows that after the area is sanded smooth, its time to prime the working area. After the primer has dried the next step is to paint the entire base molding. The base molding had painters tape applied to the top of the baseboard wall area and the floor to prevent paint from touching. A painting tray with a 2-inch paint brush was used to paint the semi-gloss paint. 
Fig.6 Paint baseboards
Step 8: Fig.7 shows the last step is to remove the painters tape and the floor masking tape. Now Mrs. Toledo does not have to face the damaged baseboard and the clock has been replaced.
Fig.7 Job finished

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1 comment:

  1. Now I know what to do when the clock hits the baseboard. Nice work, looks like the job came out great in the pictures.