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Video:How to Repair a Cracked Door Frame

with Debbie Anderson

Crack door frame molding can be very expensive to replace. See how to repair the damage on your own instead using a few simply supplies.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Repair a Cracked Door Frame

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com. Crack door frame molding can be very expensive to replace. So today I'm going to show you a few tips on how to repair the damage.

Supplies for Repairing Door Frames

For this project you will need wood putty, a putty knife, a hammer, finishing nails, fine grit sand paper, an electric sander, latex interior wall paint that matches the color of your door frame, a clean work rag, a clean tact rag, a natural bristle paint brush, a Phillips screwdriver, and a pair of vinyl gloves.<

Depending on where the crack is located in the doorframe, you may need to remove the Strike Plate in order to repair the damaged area.

Fill In Cracks With Putty

Using your putty knife and wood putty, fill in the cracked or damaged areas, making sure to pack the wood putty into the crack as much as possible.

While applying the putty, if you find that the wood near the cracked molding is far too loose, use a small finishing nail to secure the cracked molding the rest of the main door frame.

Allow the wood putty to dry until it is fully hardened.

Sand Putty to Surface

Using your fine grit sand paper and an electric sander, if you have one, thoroughly sand down the wood puttied area until it becomes flush with the rest of the molding surface. This could take a little while, so be patient and attentive to the amount of wood you are sanding so the repaired area looks as flush as possible with the rest of the molding.

Clean Work Area

Wipe away the sanding dust with a clean dry cloth until all of the dust has been removed from the area. Once the rag looks clean, go over the area again with a clean tact cloth to remove any smaller remaining particles of dust around the area.

Paint the Door Frame

Finally, using your paintbrush and interior latex paint, paint the repaired molding surface with a smooth even coat of paint until the repaired area blends in with the rest of the doorframe molding.

Allow the paint to dry.

Wow! That's a nice smooth finish and you can not even tell it was cracked in the first place!

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