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no1hustler 08-12-2011 06:45 AM

Keeping scratches out of paint?
Our back door needs painted. Normally that is a simple project. However, I have a dog that scratches the door when he wants to come inside. Does anyone have a recommendation on how to make the paint less likely to have huge scratches in it? I thought maybe putting several coats of clear coat over top of the paint but then if he does get through to the color it will be even harder to touch it up.

I was also thinking that we should use oil paint, but we have already bought the paint in water base and my wife doesn't want to waste what we bought.

GottaFixIt 08-12-2011 08:33 AM

Not many finishes will hold up to a dog scratching away at it.

You could probably use an epoxy clear coat, but I think even it would get scratched up.

If it was me, I'd probably give it a fresh paint job and then screw a piece of clear plexiglass over it until you don't have to worry about the dog anymore.

josall 08-12-2011 08:43 AM

Mount a brass or stainless kick plate where they scratch.

jsheridan 08-12-2011 08:47 AM

Two part epoxy, or put the dog up for adoption. It's an age old question.

no1hustler 08-12-2011 08:58 AM

I was afraid I'd hear this. I won't screw any plexiglass on the door. That will look too tacky. Not that scratches will look much better. I've thought of the kick plate but he usually scratches higher than that.

Ideally, if I could train him to ring a bell instead.... :)

I'd never get rid of him. Best dog ever.

m1951mm 08-12-2011 03:37 PM

Clip his nails. lol.

chrisn 08-12-2011 04:06 PM


Originally Posted by m1951mm (Post 705828)
Clip his nails. lol.

Ideally, if I could train him to ring a bell instead.... :)

I like both of those ideas:laughing:

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