How To Cover Nail Holes On Exterior Trim?


Filling Nail Holes Holes in wood trim are best filled with wood filler. Nail holes in exterior surfaces, just as with cracks or gaps, can be dealt with using a good caulking. Take the time before you apply any paint on your next project to fill all of the gaps, cracks, and nail holes.


Since the holes are quite small, the size of one fourth of a pea is enough to seal a nail hole. Just smear it across until the surface is flat. If you are using a joint compound, it will shrink as it dries off. Another material you can use to cover the holes of a PVC trim is an acrylic auto body filler.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use to cover trim nail holes?

Nail holes can ruin the appearance of trim on a wall. Fortunately, filling in nail holes in trim is a simple process. Before you fill in the holes, you'll need to go over them with a putty knife and sandpaper to make sure they're smooth. Then you can fill them in with spackling and paint over them.

Can I use caulk to fill nail holes in trim?

Caulk is great for On the other hand, caulk is terrible for filling nail holes and other holes in wood because over time it will shrink and cause a divot. And wood filler is a terrible choice for filling gaps in trim – it would take forever to apply and sand.

Do you have to paint PVC trim with nail holes?

It would be beneficial to fill in the cut edges as they are a bit more porous than the smooth factory face, and more prone to collecting dirt and grime, but PVC is not required to be painted. It will hold up for a lifetime just as well without paint as it will with paint. capintah | Jan 16, 2012 01:19pm | #2.

What to use to fill nail holes in wood floor?

If your wall is red and trim white, paint the edge of the tape with red to seal the tape. This will prevent the tape from leaking when you paint white on it (and every painter’s tape leaks, no matter how good their marketing). Paint the trim with 2 coats of white, being careful not to paint your newly refinished hardwood floor!

Can you fill nail holes in crown molding?

If you used an electric brad nailer to install the trim and it was perfectly calibrated, you should have nail holes that are nearly invisible. In this case, it is your choice whether you want to fill them. From a distance, these holes will recede. This means that crown molding is a good candidate for unfilled nail holes.

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