peeling paint on real wood garage door- wood putty to smooth?

grapeleavesApril 19, 2008

My husband has removed all the peeling paint and tried to sand the edges smooth, but you can still feel them and I don't like the idea of them showing through when we repaint the door.

Do you think that wood putty would work to smooth those edges?

Can we use the Zinsser 123 primer?

The paint was SW Duration and we will go back with that.


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You should use an exterior spackle that you would float over the peeled areas and then sand smooth after it dries.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2008 at 9:58AM
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It also could be moisture. Here's a link to an article that describes common paint problems -- could be something there.

Here is a link that might be useful: common paint problems

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 9:27PM
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I agree with allison, it could be a moisture problem. You can check the moisture content of the wood with a moisture meter)available at paint stores. It could be moisture migration from the bottom of the door during rain and puddling of water. It could also occur if you have a heated garage and live in a colder climate. If I were to choose a primer for this job, I would probably prime with an oil based primer. Oil based primers tend to seal wood better than latex. You can use Elmer's Wood Filler or Exterior Spackling products. It still requires a lot of sanding to get the wood smooth. Prime after all the spackling and sanding is finished. Then topcoat with the SW Duration.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 9:38PM
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SW makes an exterior spackle that might be the ticket. Use no more than necessary since it dries hard.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2008 at 2:54PM
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Prime the bottom of the door also. This will prevent moisture from wicking into the door.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2008 at 7:31AM
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