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04-24-2019 11:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question doors water damage door repair

I’m interested in repairing the water damage to my exterior French doors. The damage is just to the bottom of the door. I’m fairly handy but haven’t attempted wood repair before. I’ve got Bondo and sandpaper at hand but am unsure about clearing away the damaged portion first.
Any instructions or tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks


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#1 posted 04-24-2019 11:19 PM

Just to be clear is that all wood? Or are the stiles something else? Or wrapped? Do you have a wire brush?

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#2 posted 04-24-2019 11:40 PM

Thanks for getting back SMP.

I believe the bottom rail is all wood, though I see your point that it looks somewhat like a veneer the way it’s pulling up.
Is it weird that the stiles are unaffected? Water must have made its way to the end cuts of the rail from the muntins not being sufficiently sealed in the corners.
I was thinking of using a wood chisel to carefully clear out the raised and warped sections and replacing with Bondo.
I could get a wire brush.

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#3 posted 04-25-2019 12:09 AM

One other thing I would check is open the door, then grab the bottom of each stile and try and wiggle it back and forth, to make sure the tenon is intact. If the bottom rail got enough dry rot in that area it may have gotten into the mortise and tenon and either weakened the tenon itself or the glue joint.

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#4 posted 04-25-2019 04:54 PM

You may be able to make a cosmetic repair with epoxy or bondo but the source of the moisture must also be dealt with. So you will need to seal the wood to glass junction…..probably with a paintable exterior caulking/sealer.
The damage to the door on the left appears to be minor but to door on the right is much deeper. If you repair it with Bondo there may still be interior damage to the joint (as mentioned above). In that case if you still want to continue without a rebuild of the door I would suggest you consider using some extra long screws that will go through the edge of the style into the rail to reinforce the joint. Drill undersize pilot holes first to avoid a chance of splitting the wood.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 04-25-2019 05:09 PM

Great advice on all counts.
I’m sorry that when I first noticed the damage and it was just cosmetic I didn’t look to figure out how water was getting in.
Thanks so much for your input!

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#6 posted 04-25-2019 09:26 PM

I’ve used this for exterior repairs for a covered porch, it’s holding up well, but I’ve sealed, primed, caulked and painted too.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#7 posted 04-25-2019 09:44 PM

Thanks ChefHDan, looks like just the ticket! I like that quote also.

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#8 posted 04-25-2019 09:50 PM

Noob question. I have some similar repairs coming up. I know there’s ‘wood Bondo’, but is that the standard/best for repair, what are there other options in your collective experiences to consider for exterior exposures? Two-part epoxy?

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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#9 posted 04-25-2019 09:55 PM

Ooops! Just saw the Sculpwood mention Dan… Thanks!

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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