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Old 12-03-2013, 04:27 PM   #1
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LOL, reading a novel one sentence made me question my painting. The sentence was about someone who was annoyed that a painter didn't paint the top of a door.

I've painted many doors in this house. Never once did it occur to me to paint the very top. (nor did I paint the bottom)

Is that something a professional would do?

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some do, some don't, me? no, unless you can see it from above somewhere

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It IS something a pro should do. Do we do it all the time? No. It is best to have all sides sealed up against any possible moisture that may make the doors swell and rub/stick to the jambs. I always do it with new doors but if it is older doors that WEREN'T originally done on all six sides and there's no signs of problems, I don't bother painting the top or bottom.
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Wonder why doors stick with the change of seasons that's the reason, no one took the time to do it right and seal all sides of the whole door.
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All six sides need to be sealed.
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If the doors are off I do it, If they are still hung I do the top.
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Even the cookie cutters we did, we sealed the tops and bottoms. One builder I worked for even sent out letters from the door manufacturer stating they would not honor the warranty of any door unless all six sides were sealed and that if not sealed and the door warped, I would then be responsible for replacing it. Why argue, it made us look good to the customer. Another builder said he wanted me to remove the hinges and seal behind them. Well, needless to say, that didn’t happen.

The time spent and the benefits of sealing all six sides far out weigh any future arguments from either the owner or general contractor trying to explain why I didn’t take the time to do it.
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I think it should be painted professionally if a person is doing something it means that work should be completed
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I still have 3 doors to do so when the paint is open it won't be hard to go back and paint the tops of the other 11 doors.
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When sealing the tops and bottoms, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the enamel coat, it can be primer. The objective it to seal the edge not make it look pretty.
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I think it should be painted professionally if a person is doing something it means that work should be completed
But how many people will pay the extra cost to remove a door to see if the bottom is painted and then rehang? If there are several doors this could get expensive real quick.
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I used to have this little tool to paint the bottoms of doors while there up. It was just a thin applicator pad, basically a strip of metal with 'nap on it.

Another way to seal the bottoms is to put caulk on your finger, stick it under the door, and smear it out. Caulk seals edges/end grain well. It's just messy to do and there has to be enough clearance for your finger and a piece of newspaper or something to protect the floor.

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