Dent in metal front door - how do I fix this?

mommabirdSeptember 6, 2010

I have a metal front door with leaded glass inserts. It's formed like a 6 panel door. While moving furniture to the upstairs last week, it got poked with the corner of a piece of furniture & now has a dent about 3"x2".

How do I fix this? It looks terrible! I have no idea how to get the dent out, or how would I fill it in? What would stick to the paint & metal? It's painted white with gloss paint.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Clean all the paint off the damaged area (wire wheel in a drill) use Bondo to fill the dent, sand flat, and paint the whole door.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2010 at 1:58PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

That suggestion is about the only way you are going to fix the dent to where it would look right. Just like fixing a crease in a car fender. I'd say overall, it'll cost you about $10.00 in Bondo and sand paper and about an hour of time if you do it yourself. Add the cost of paint on top of that.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2010 at 5:58PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Experience with body work helps. The area must be coarse ground to bare metal without grinding through. The Bondo holds well to that surface. I use a Surform to shave off most of the excess Bondo as it nears being hard. Then sand and prime. I then use glazing putty and let it dry for 24 hours. Wet sand with 600 grit. If satisfied with the repair, prime again and paint.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2010 at 6:23PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thank you - I'm rather intimidated. I've never even heard of Bondo and it sounds like something that's rather expert. Is there a "specialist" to call for this? An auto body shop? Should I take the door off the hinges and take it to a body shop?

I KNEW this door was a bad idea when we bought it!

THANKS Everyone!

    Bookmark   September 9, 2010 at 10:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

"An auto body shop? Should I take the door off the hinges and take it to a body shop? "

A small shop with little work might be interested, but they are liable to charge almost as much as a new door.

Bondo is pretty easy to work with (it smells bad though).

It uses a catalyst to harden up the material (styrene monomer with fillers).

You would scoop out a small amount of material, apply some catalyst, mix thoroughly, then smooth over the clean damaged area with some plastic putty knives.
The smoother you can get it before it sets, the less work in making it flat.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2010 at 9:52AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

While we're on the subject of body shops, one of the paintless dent removal services might be just the ticket. If you bought your car from a dealer, ask your salesman to find out what day the ding guy comes around. It's usually once per week. Stop by and ask him if he'd would take a shot at your door and what it would cost. I'm thinking $40-$50 would be a fair price. Then take the door and a couple of sawhorses so he has a place to work.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2010 at 6:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Unlike a vehicle that has nothing on the other side of most of the sheet metal, a door has a filled core (often foam to increase R value).

If you simply pull the metal back to flush you are going to leave a hollow area behind that will be very easy to damage again.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 1:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

mommabird -- you can buy the appropriate filler at your local paint store - its a 2 part material (mix 1 part "a" with a small amount of hardener "b"). Rough sand the door. Spread on with a plastic spreader. sand lightly (look at the directions for long before doing that), then apply a second coat and sand with finer/fine grit. a little primer, then repaint the door. this is done all the time.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2010 at 5:25PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Roof leak - best way to find it?
Hi Everyone, I am a condo owner in New Jersey and own...
Garage door
Something strange happened last night. We were watching...
How to safely pull down attic stairs in 12' ceiling
Hello all, I am buying a house with 12' ceilings and...
Sagging Anderson Storm Door
I had an Anderson storm door installed a couple of...
Cellulose Insulation - Do we really need the blower?
We have 8 to 10 packages of cellulose insulation that...
Sponsored Products
Modern Indoor/Outdoor Accent Rug: LA Rugs Smiley Happy and Smiling Multi
$11.97 | Home Depot
Possini Euro Morrow 17 3/4" Wide Chrome Ceiling Light
Euro Style Lighting
Perch Pharmacy One-Light - Polished Chrome with Polished Chrome Metal Shade - Sw
$240.00 | Bellacor
Classique Espresso Floor Cabinet
Parker House - Boston Space Saver Library Wall Entertainment...
Great Furniture Deal
Radiax 3000K 10-Degree 6.5-Watt LED Beach Spot Light
Lamps Plus
39 Inch Vanity Cabinet With Fitted Sink
Green & Bronze Wall D├ęcor
$79.99 | zulily
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™