How to fix a hole in a door

How to Fix a Hole in a Door for under $8 Bucks

How-To: Repairing a hole in a hollow core door

Hollow Door Hole Repair

How to fix a hole in a door?? How many times has this happened to you? With 4 kids running around, slamming doors and leaving stuff everywhere, its happened to us more than a few times.

So often in fact that I have mastered repairing these hollow core doors with this technique

Quick and Easy Hollow Core Door Hole Repair Hack

Door Repair Materials:

For this repair, I used Great Stuff Expanding Foam, and Plaster of Paris.

I had a box of Plaster of Paris already so this is what I used, but any drywall compound will work. I prefer mixing mine so I use power and water. Pre-mixed compounds will work just as well.

Step 1 – Fill the hole with Expanding Foam

To fix a hole in a door; once you’ve got your spray foam can all shaken up and ready to go, fill the hole with expanding foam. It expands 2-3x the original size after a few seconds, so start small.

Once you’ve got enough foam in the hole, your door should look something like this.

Let the expanding foam cure, then use a knife or razor blade to cut the foam back to just below the wood surface of the door.

Step 2 – Fill with drywall compound/plaster


After cutting back the expanding foam, mix (or apply premixed) drywall compound or plaster over the hole. Feather it out beyond the edges of the hole so its easy to blend the repair in with the final finish.

Plaster dries in about 20-30min. Once its dry enough to sand, lightly go over the surface with 220 grit sandpaper or a fine sanding block.

It should look like the picture below when its finished

how to fix a hole in a door

Step 3 – Paint over the repair

Lastly, time to paint. Paint over the drywall compound with a thin layer of primer, then paint. I used a paint and primer mix as we had some left over from a previous job.

There you have it, you cant even tell there was ever a hole here.

*Note – I moved the door stop to the bottom hinge where the door was undamaged to reduce the risk of ruining my repair job.

*Tip – If the hole is too big for this method, you can slide a thin piece of wood or stiff cardboard into the hole and allow the expanding foam to hold it into position. This works better if you can glue or tape something onto the wood patch to hold it in place while the foam expands and cures.

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