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Repairing a Hollow Core Door

How do you repair a hole in a hollow core door? I need to repair a 2 in. x 4 in. hole in door. Can it be done without resurfacing the whole face with veneer? Thanks in advance.

Al from Collinsville, IL


Repairing a Hollow Core Door

Yes, we repaired ours with a wall patch from the hardware store over which we put compound. You will have to paint it through. (02/03/2009)

By angellface

Repairing a Hollow Core Door

We were moving furniture and put a hole in the face of one of our hollow core doors. Couldn't figure out how to fix it, so I went to Zellers and bought a full length mirror for $12 and mounted it on the door with mirror hangers. They are like the old black "thingies" that you mounted photos into albums with; one goes on each corner and one or two on each side and bottom, that mirror is mounted solidly! Got the hangers at the dollar store in a package. The whole cost was under $15. Cheaper than a new door. Hope this helps! (02/03/2009)


By catastrofy

Repairing a Hollow Core Door

Yes with a little ingenuity you can fix it. What you need is fiberglass, sold in automotive department or some hardware stores carry a mesh tape that goes over wire when dry walling. So if using wire put inside hole and secure with fiber tape on surface of door. Using wood filler apply lightly over surface. Let dry smooth around outside edges. Apply another coat and wait to dry and sand with a 220 grit sandpaper. You can buy the putty in several shades to match wood door or if your painting over use lightest shade. (02/03/2009)

By Denise W

Repairing a Hollow Core Door

For the $15-20 bucks it cost, replace the door. Watch Menards, or other similar stores. It can cost you more to try and fix it, I know. Been there, done that. (02/03/2009)

By T&T Grandma

Repairing a Hollow Core Door

You could veneer the thing easily, doorskins are sold at lumber stores for not much. Fill the hole with expanding foam and use paper tape over that. Better yet, ask at that lumber store. Have you priced replacement doors? (02/05/2009)

By kimhis

Repairing a Hollow Core Door

Like others have mentioned, getting a new door or door veneer may be the cheapest approach. New interior doors cost very little and many shades of stain can be found to approximate the original.


My brother fixed a door that had had a dent knocked in it. In this case the veneer wasn't gone, only cracked. He drilled a tiny hole in the middle of the dent and inserted a bent coat hanger wire to pull it back out. Then he applied Elmer's glue to the cracks. Once that dried, a little touch up with Old English (furniture touch up pens could be used) made the fix almost invisible. (03/19/2009)

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