My dog was terrified of the fireworks and scratched my door so badly i

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have zero income but do have some tools and paint.does anybody have experience of fixing a door so badly damaged.i cannot buy new I have absolutely no money and its not standard size being Victorian .circa 1838 any advice welcome please
q my dog was terrified of the fireworks and scratched my door so badly i
q my dog was terrified of the fireworks and scratched my door so badly i
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  • Margaret Margaret on Feb 19, 2018
    How about sanding down smoothly the rough areas and repaint? You can get sand paper from the Dollar Tree for a dollar and if you have a recycling facility near you, they let you go into the paint room and look at paints and it's free. Maybe someone you know can donate these items if they have them lying around and no longer need.
  • Rl06898607 Rl06898607 on Feb 19, 2018
    I would scrape it down anywhere it's chipping, then sand lightly with fine grit sandpaper, wipe completely to remove any dust, and paint it. Be careful with old paint on the door in case of asbestos though. Good Luck!
  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Feb 19, 2018
    Sand it with sandpaper starting with a rough grit and working your way to a fine grit. Use a sponge under the sandpaper so you don't damage the trim profile any more. Then use wood putty to fill in missing chunks. It will probably take several coats of putty. Prime, paint.
  • Sue Sue on Feb 19, 2018
    Sanding and some wood filler would do wonders for this door. A small container of wood filler is less than $5. Fill the deepest gouges and then sand the damaged area. New paint will have it looking like new.
  • This is a common problem for dogs. I have one that gets real bad from fireworks. So I stay home for New Year's Eve and from mid June through 4th of July here in the states. Since your dog did so much damage, talk to your vet. They can prescribe a mild sedative to calm them down. What I do is hop into bed with all the pets (3-6 dogs, 6 cats, canary cage and dragon cage) and turn on the heat or ac, put on a fan, close all the windows and put the TV on much louder than normal. I have water bowls and pet treats to distract them if necessary. And snuggle with the one that has difficulty. I have on occasion used the sedative if the prior actions did not help.
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Feb 19, 2018
    The door looks like it is really fixable, most of it just looks like he scratched off the paint. Use wood filler to fix any damaged areas, sand it smooth and level, sand the existing paint and definitely feather the parts where the layers are exposed so that they won't be noticeable. Clean it up good and let it dry before you prime the door. When you prime, you should be able to tell if any edges will show through the paint and you can fix and prime that area before you paint. You can do this!
  • Janice Janice on Feb 19, 2018
    If you can remove the door to treat it with a brush on paint remover that might work best for starters. Be sure to wear a mask and glasses so you don't get the remover in your lungs or in your eyes. Then sanding as mentioned in the previous answers. Depending on how the door looks after this, you might want to consider staining the wood rather than painting. That way if it happens again (dog scratches) you may be able to just retouch with the same stain.
  • John Everett John Everett on Feb 19, 2018
    I would try wood filler. Fill, sand, paint.
  • Margaret Margaret on Feb 25, 2018
    You're welcome 😄
    Dollar Tree also hole filler. I had to use it before for something similar to your situation and I just piled it in the gash and wiped away the excess and sanded. Hopefully you find something to work for you. Good luck!
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