Fixing bottom of front door

jeff08October 11, 2008

The bottom edge of my front door - really just the to, painted layer - has become splintered and is breaking off. It doesn't look particularly good, but just painting over it won't look that great, either, and won't keep it from splintering further. Any suggestions on ways to fix this (or hide it, I suppose)? I think the sill must have been rubbing just enough to catch the edge and splinter it.

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if it is bad enough that it still draws the eye after a good sanding and painting, then you have 2 choices:

1. replace the door. this can be very expensive.

2. put a kick plate on it. this is the more popular fix but some door types it is hard to find one that looks right.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2008 at 9:39PM
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First, solve whatever is causing the splintering. If the door is dragging on the threshold then you probably need to trim the door. The two should never touch.

Since the door is painted, you can fill in the missing wood with bondo or a similar filler that can be sanded to shape and repainted.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2008 at 6:00AM
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If the door isn't rubbing too badly, I'd sand a slight 45 degree angle off the bottom corner of the door (google "chamfer" if that description doesn't make sense). Then paint, and be sure to seal the bottom of the door as well.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2008 at 8:53AM
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If your threshold allows it, you could put a weatherstripping door bottom that "saddles" the door if the flanges of the door bottom will cover the damaged area. You will have to cut the door down to the appropriate height to allow for adjustment of the door bottom to the threshold for a good seal.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2008 at 1:44PM
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Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'm going to try filling in the missing portions, sanding and repainting it. It is otherwise a great door, and I would not want to replace it - I don't think I could find another like it.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2008 at 3:12AM
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