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Old 01-20-2011, 03:31 PM   #1
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Got an interesting damage to a metal exterior door. While furniture was being delivered, the delivery company dented the front door with the legs of the sofa. Not sure what kind of metal this is, but it sure does seem thin. I was hoping that someone might have an idea on how I could pull those dents out so I don't have to replace the entire door.

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Old 01-20-2011, 04:10 PM   #2
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Ayuh,... I'd treat it as a dent in an autobody,...

Sand it, fair it with bondo, sand it smooth, sand, 'n prime the whole door, sand smooth, 'n paint the whole door....

Btw,... Looks like a typical Steel door to me...

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Sand it, fair it with bondo, sand it smooth, sand, 'n prime the whole door, sand smooth, 'n paint the whole door....
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:35 PM   #4
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Shouldn't the furniture company be asking this question? If I ran into your car, wouldn't you be asking me to fix it? Not being a jerk, just saying.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:05 AM   #5
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Yes, the company should Mike but................... Bondo that is a great idea and exactly what I am going to do. Couple of questions though - before mixing Bondo and applying it to the dent do I need to remove the paint from the entire door or can I get away with just the damaged area. I am assuming that I use a coarse sandpaper for this or is there a better way? Also, what kind of paint would you use here? I have never done this kind of work before, but would really like to give it a try. THANKS!
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Ayuh,... Hand sand the damaged area with something like 80grt. so the bondo will bond well...

I've had Great sucess with Rustoleum paints...
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Thanks, will give it a try!
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I would use a 200 grit sand paper and apply it in a circular motion around and inside of the dent to prep the surface. Then apply bondo or a premixed metal patch compound onto a metal drywall scraper. Spread the premixed metal patching compound to the door using the drywall scraper. Scrape off excess compound from the repaired area.
Let the filler dry for about two to four hours or until it turns a lighter shade of tan. Then finish sanding the patch with 150 grit sand paper. Wipe away the dust with a dry sponge prime the area and paint the entire door with matching paint.
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If the door doesn't have simulated wood grain it will repair nicely. Auto body filler works fine and the Allmetal mentioned works well too. The Allmetal does get a little harder so it sands a little harder. I like to sand the auto body filler before it sets rock hard. Usually about 5 mins or so if it's warm. Longer if it's cold where you are. When you sand it use a block and wrap the sand paper around it. Otherwise there is a real good chance it will have high and low spots.
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Thanks guys for all of the info. As I said I never did this kind of work before, but know that with all of this help it will turn out great! One thing that I was worried about was that I though that I might have to sand the entire door.

I intend to do it the way that you guys suggest, but the main thing that I am getting here is that this is a job that needs to be done slowly and carefully which exactly how I like to work anyways. Thanks for the help!
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The patch and sand and paint idea sounds like more work than it is worth. Please let us know how it turns out.
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It's a lot easier and less expensive than changing the entire door - I will certainly post pics when I am done.
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Very easy to do as long as you take your time and the end result will be gratifying.
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What kind of temps. does Bondo require for proper setup? I see you are in N.Y.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:03 PM   #15
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This will be my first time working with the stuff and I have not checked it out yet Tizzer. Being that I am working with a front door and we keep on getting cold and snow I am waiting for a good day.

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