Contractor-Approved Steps For Repairing Woodpecker-Damaged Wood Siding

Posted on: 5 September 2018

If your home's wood siding has become damaged by pesky woodpeckers, then you can either repair or replace it. If a completely new siding installation isn't in your current budget, then you can repair the damage by following these steps:

Step 1: Gather the Supplies Necessary for Making the Repairs

To repair the woodpecker damage on your home's wood siding, you will need the following tools and supplies:

  • a ladder
  • a cordless drill
  • a can of putty
  • a putty knife
  • a sanding block
  • sandpaper
  • paint stirring sticks
  • screws
  • exterior touch-up paint
  • tack cloth

Make sure to use a thick type of putty because most exterior spackle products aren't thick enough, and they will require multiple applications to build up enough material to completely fill the holes.

Step 2: Prepare Pieces of the Paint Stirring Sticks to Use for Patching

Since trying to patch wood siding without any wood behind it can be an exercise in futility and frustration, you can use paint stirring sticks to give you something to apply the putty against. 

To prepare the sticks, break off pieces about three inches long. Gently screw in a screw into the middle of the piece of wood to use as a handle. 

Feed the piece of wood into the hole and hold it in place with the screw. Put one screw through the siding and into the wooden stick on each end to hold it in place and remove the screw you were using to hold it in place.

Step 3: Apply the Wood Putty to the Hole to Seal It Up

Using either the putty knife or your fingers, apply the wood putty into the hole and press it firmly against the wood stick used for backing. Smooth over the outside and then move on to the next hole.

Step 4: Sand the Wood Putty with the Sanding Block

Wrap the sanding block with sandpaper and use it to sand off all of the excess wood putty once it has completely dried. Wipe down each sanded hole using a tack cloth to remove any dust from sanding.

Step 5: Paint the Repaired Areas with Touch Up Paint

The final step in repairing the woodpecker holes is to paint each area you patched with exterior touch-up paint that matches the existing paint on your house. Once the paint dries, then you should not be able to see the damaged areas anymore.