Suzanne Shaeffer
Suzanne Shaeffer
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Asked on Mar 25, 2018

How to refurbish front door and interior doors?

JaniceNancy TurnerNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


The front door is painted metal and is rusted and corroded, but is structurally sound. The interior doors are wood core with veneer, and have been damaged by cat scratching, as have some of the door frames. Too expensive to just replace everything.

4 answers
  • Andrea Sepanski
    on Mar 25, 2018

    Just sand the metal door and prime with rustoleum before painting with an enamal. The inside doors would be best painted or antiqued so the cat damage can be repaired without being visible. Also sand well and prime for best results and use a any finish other than flat. A coat or two of brush on poly can add extra protection
  • You do not need to replace! I would just repair, clean and repaint.
  • Nancy Turner
    on Mar 25, 2018

    The front door can be sanded to get rid of the rust and give paint something to grab on to and painted with Rustoleum whatever color you want, they even have textures to choose from. The cat damage, fill in the scratches with wood filler, sand them smooth, following directions on the cans, put on your undercoat, sand lightly, then paint.
  • Janice
    on Mar 25, 2018

    Great advice from Nancy! It will take some time but you can do it. Maybe start with the front door and as you gain experience and the tools, you'll gain confidence and knowledge. You'll have such a feeling of accomplishment once you've conquered it. From everything I've learned, the prep work is the most important part of a successful finish. Go for it!
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