Metal doors are a great way to improve the security of your home. Compared to their wooden brethren, however, they offer one significant drawback: unsightly dents. Luckily, repairing dents in a metal door isn't as difficult as many people think. If you have a metal door in need of some TLC, read on. This article will teach you how to get it looking good as new once more.
The general idea of this repair is that the dent is going to be filled in using a special patching compound. Yet unless you properly prepare the surface, you may find your patch failing down the line. Therefore, always start the patching process by giving the dents in question a good cleaning with soapy water.
Once dried, roughen the surface of the paint using a piece of medium grit sandpaper. Be sure to sand the inside of the dent very carefully, as this is where a strong bond will be most critical. Wipe away any paint flakes left behind before proceeding.
Filling The Dent
You are going to be filling the dent in your door using a patch compound specifically designed for metal. Such compounds should be readily available at your local home improvement store. However, if you're having trouble tracking it down, or simply want the most heavy-duty option available, you can also use a two-part body filler designed for automobile repairs.
Regardless of the particular patching compound you select, the only tool you are going to need is a good clean putty knife. Use this to press the compound firmly into the dent. Then, holding the putty knife at a close angle to the door, use the edge to smooth the edges of the patch.
If you've ever patched drywall before, this part of the process should be a snap. Yet those who lack this experience needn't be intimidated. Don't be scared to continue reshaping and smoothing the putty until you have achieved the desired results.
Wait several hours until the patch compound has completely dried. Now use a piece of fine grit sandpaper to smooth the surface of the patching compound. This can be trickier than you might imagine. To make the job infinitely more easy, try wrapping your sandpaper around a flat wooden block. This will help you achieve an even pressure when sanding. Now all that's left is to apply a coat of primer to the patch and repaint the door.
For further assistance or replacement, contact a local outlet, such as Callahan Door and Window.