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Question DetailsAsked on 10/1/2013

How do I fix a custom wooden front door with water damage?

We bought a custom built home in foreclosure, and the front door, which is absolutely gorgeous, has water damage on the front bottom side of it. It is an 3' W x 8' H Wooden (med brown stain color) solid wooden door with a laminate coating finish. It has 3 vertical panels under a square 4 pane window. Cosmetically, I just want to fix it without undergoing major changes. Anyone have any idea's?

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Unless it is warped or delaminating, you should be able to just have it stripped or sanded and refinished. For a cheap job, do it yourself, and possibly only do the damaged bottom section - could do it as a close match, or contrasting.

Professionally, best and probably cheapest professional job, though you would have to have them temporarily block off the opening with plywood for a couple of days, is to have a millwork or door and window shop that makes and refinishes doors remove it and take it to the shop to be machine sanded (just the frame, not the panels unless they need it too), then restain and refinish it.

A painter who is experienced with wood staining and finishes can also do this work.

Pay attention to how they refinish it, because the bottom damage is likely because you do not have a porch roof, so the rain blows down and hits the bottom of the door, or snow piles up against it and wets it, so it needs serious protection now, and light sanding and reappliction of additional finish clear costs every few years to keep it in good shape.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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