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Old 11-28-2007, 04:54 PM   #1
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Hi - I have a five panel door I am refinishing. One of the panels as you can see in the photo has a 1/4" uniform crack across it and through it. I removed what looked like wood filler that had cracked up. Any ideas out there on how to repair this crack?

I will be painting the door so the repair doesn't need to blend - just fill smooth.

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Old 11-28-2007, 04:57 PM   #2
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For a permanent repair, my vote is for Bondo (or any other brand of body putty)
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With bondo, would it stay in place given the nature of the crack? How could I reinforce it - ie. rebar in concrete?
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This is(was) a floating panel. If you can free the perimeter you can get the two pieces back together and just glue it.
Rebar might be a little too thick.
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Bondo is pretty thick, mask one side wth painters or masking tape and fill the crack. It will dry within an hour and sand smooth. I have restored quite a number of old houses and done a lot of repair with bondo--- it's good stuff and lasts.
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Old 11-28-2007, 07:31 PM   #6
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The words Bondo and restored should only be used when the subject is old cars While it will work, its just not the right product for restoring wood . There are better products such as WoodEpox made for parching wood. You could also glue in a wedge of wood with polyurathean glue and sand it to fit. Put if you're just looking for a cheap paint grade fix bondo will do.
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Thanks for the tip - good idea. I'll post the results.
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