Repairing Blemishes On Wooden French Doors

If you have a set of french doors in your home, you most likely enjoy the beauty they gives as well as the extra lighting they provide through several panels of glass. If you use your french doors often, in time you may notice several nicks or scrapes in the wood portion near the entryway. These blemishes can be repaired relatively easily with the use of a few household tools and a bit of time. Here are some instructions to repair the wood on your french doors.

Materials You Will Need

  • Two saw horses
  • Screwdriver
  • Mild detergent
  • Bucket of water
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Garden hose
  • Tweezers
  • Epoxy wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Medium and fine-grit sandpaper
  • Painter's tape
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

Preparing The Door

To make repairs to a french door, it is best to take it off the hinges so you can work on it while it is flat instead of vertical in the door entryway. Remove the door from the hinges and place it across two sawhorses to keep it sturdy. Add a few tablespoons of a mild detergent into a bucket of water and scrub down your door with the solution using a non-abrasive sponge. Use a garden hose to rinse the soap from the door and let it dry for a few hours before starting the repair.

Filling In Blemishes

Remove any stray wood pieces from the damaged areas using a pair of tweezers. Smaller dents, dings, and cracks can be filled in using epoxy wood putty. Roll a piece of putty around in between your fingers to help soften it before you apply it. Push it into each crevice using a screwdriver or mold it into place using your fingers. Smooth the putty over the surface using a putty knife. Let the putty harden completely.

Finishing The Job

After the epoxy wood putty has hardened, it will need to be sanded down so it is uniform, blending in with the rest of the wood door. Start sanding with a piece of medium-grit sandpaper and continue until the surface is smooth to the touch. Switch to a piece of fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the area even further, making sure to check that the sanded area is level with the wood door. 

Use painter's tape to cover each of the glass panes and the hardware on the door if you plan on giving the door a fresh coat of paint. Alternately, you can dab paint with a paintbrush over the areas you had just filled in before placing the door back on the hinges. To find out more about french doors, contact a company like Port Orchard Glass.