Wood Fillers | Exterior Wood Fillers


Spring is here, meaning crafting enthusiasts or DIYers can move outside and begin working on repairing or improving your home. Elmer’s ProBond Max line of exterior wood fillers has a fit for virtually any task you would want to take up around the house. Here we will walk you through how to restore an antique door.

Steps to help restore your door

First you should remove the door along with any hardware, leaving only the wooden body. Inspect the door for any damaged areas, including dry rot. As many older doors are covered in several layers of notoriously-hard-to-remove latex paint, you may want to consider using a paint-stripping product coupled with a scraper to remove the paint from the bare wood.

For a complete finish, sand until every bit of paint is gone. You may wish to plug the door’s old peephole. If you do, be sure to use a plug of the same material as the door, allowing the wood to contract and expand at the same rate. Wood glue can be used to bond the plughole, but you can also use wood filler to ensure a strong bond.

Don’t forget the wood filler

While you can apply wood stabilizer on any areas of dry rot to strengthen damaged areas of the door, excessively rotted or soft areas, along with any old wood filler still present, should be removed using a chisel.

Now you can apply fresh wood filler to fill in these areas, along with any voids from the newly covered peephole, and the original doorknob opening. Once the filler has dried, you will then sand the door first using a flat rasp, then rough-grade sandpaper, and finally finish-grade sandpaper to completely prepare the door for paint. Be sure to use tack-cloth or soft cloth to remove all sanding dust before applying primer.

After one to two coats of primer, sand once more using finishing-grade sandpaper. Now your new door will be ready for paint and hardware, bringing a fresh look to your home!

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