How to repair this very fine Art Deco molding?

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I’m pondering a couple of options on repairing this headboard’s tiny wood molding.

It’s “memory” has been in this position a long time & isn’t going to happily go back to its original position with this kind of damage.

TIA.

q how to repair this very fine art deco molding

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q how to repair this very fine art deco molding

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  • William William on Mar 10, 2019

    I would use wood glue and painters tape to hold in place till the glue dries. Then use some Minwax wood putty to form the molding. Once hard lightly sand to form the molding. Minwax stain marker to touch up the stain color.

  • You can remove dents from wood with steam. I recently found this video and was amazed at how well it worked. Skip to the 2 minute and 44 second mark of the video. https://youtu.be/SaDirPqvWGc

    • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Mar 11, 2019

      I’m going to try this first, to see if I can get the broken wood fibers to loosen their resolve to be bent.

      Then on to the next steps.

  • Millie Millie on Mar 11, 2019

    I eould use wood putty which can be stained to match the finish. Then just sand lightly and press into the dent and smooth the edges so the repair will be invisible.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 11, 2019

    Hello I would fill the defects with wood stainable wood filler putty and carefully sand the edges to get the proper curves. A potential aid might be an emery board to do the sanding. The emery board is nice and stiff and able to get into the edges and tiny areas.

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    • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Mar 11, 2019

      Thanks. After I loosen the fibers with the steaming method above, I will take my Dremel tool and sand off the fibers that still aren’t conforming.

      Then some delicate wood glueing, with painters tape to protect any glue weeping onto the rest of it.

      Then stainable putty & then the emery board.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Mar 11, 2019

    Thanks everyone. I’m going to use a combination of most of the methods.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Mar 11, 2019

    A better detail shot of the challenge.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Mar 11, 2019

    IF you cannot return it to the original position, you could cut or chisel that section out completely. Use a hot glue gun to cover an intact section. Allow it to dry and then use the glue as a mold to recreate a new section that you can glue into the proper position. You can fill the glue mold with bondo, wood putty, etc.