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How to Repair Damaged Wood with Epoxy Putty

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Prepare the area to be filled.
Wood Repair Step 1

Step 1

Dig out the old wood area down to clean, undamaged wood. On this wooden rudder, a previous owner had filled an area damaged by careless interaction with an outboard motor propeller using a nonwaterproof wood filler not made for immersion in water, and the patch had had softened and come loose.

We're testing Elmer's two-part epoxy-based wood repair system, but any similar epoxy putty product would work similarly.

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