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Old 12-09-2010, 10:11 AM   #1
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Paint peeling on door trim


The paint is peeling at the bottom of one side of the trim on my front door. I noticed it some time ago and it just look like that section of trim just took a little beating but now it looks like the attached picture and some of the exposed wood looks kind of grey now. I figure the first thing is to remove the trim and check how it looks underneath. What could I expect to see here? Could it be water seepage, or maybe cold air from the door or the wall causing condensation?
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:04 AM   #2
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Yes, that sounds about right.
This is old molding. It's going to be on the brittle side. Remove it carefully.
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I didnt mention before but the house was built in 2004, so I wouldn't think of it as old moulding. The rest of the trim is in good shape, just that section is a little off.
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Someone could have painted it without using primer. I have a few door frames peeling because of that.
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I have replaced a lot, and I do mean a lot, of this brick molding on exterior doors in my area. Some look so similar to your photo and after picking at the paint, I find rotted wood behind the paint. One thing I look at before removing the trim: Is this on a porch or stoop which would allow rain to hit and bounce onto this trim? I find this in many cases. Your new trim needs to be primed properly, allowed to dry, and painted with at least two coats of paint, allowing to thoroughly dry between coats. If rain is a factor, the this has to be corrected also. David
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It's the inside molding. Also, after picking at it with a small screw driver it's not even wood. The good news is the gray area is just on the surface, but i can't remember the name of the material bit it's like a dense fiber material. It could be bad prep when painting but seems strange it last 6 years and only this small section is an issue.

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