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Old 08-28-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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Hello,

I'm after some help and advice! I'm not great with DIY and I dont have great deal of experience.

Anyways what I need help with...

We live in a rented property and we are looking to move however our dog has done a lot of damage to the doors. Some he has just scratched off the paint in areas and on others he has actually started digging into the wood.

I need to get the doors tidied up to make sure we dont lose our deposit. So what would be the best way of sorting out the doors? Can you just touch up the affected areas or does the whole door need redoing?

I could do with fixing them as cheaply as possible!

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Old 08-28-2013, 10:51 AM   #2
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You will need to do a proper sanding, patching, spot-priming and painting of the entire door. The door will need removed, the door hardware removed, and laid out flat on sawhorses.

I would advise you consult with the owner and let him/her know what you are doing. Ask what color and sheen is desired and perhaps they may provide you with the paint to do your repairs. You will want to work with a real paint dealer that can walk you through the steps and sell you the necessary supplies to do the job.

Good luck with your project.

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A picture so we can see just how bad the gouged areas are would be a big help.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:08 PM   #4
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For what you are going to put into this moneywise to do it right, well, let's just say you are going to eat up your deposit in fixing the doors. So, I would just let the landlord know what happened and maybe, just maybe, he will go easy on you.
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For what you are going to put into this moneywise to do it right, well, let's just say you are going to eat up your deposit in fixing the doors. So, I would just let the landlord know what happened and maybe, just maybe, he will go easy on you.

From my sons college experience, I would say not
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You could get royally screwed on the deposit if you don't fix.

Since you're just trying to make it look good for a rental, I would fill it in with wood filler using a putty knife, then just paint over it. Since the scratches are at the bottom no one might notice your shortcuts. Working on the door on a couple sawhorses is best, but if you're not comfortable taking it down and taking the hardware off, it can be done in place as well. Only you know the standard for aesthetics in your rental. Was it immaculate when you moved in?
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I hate to agree with Jeff but that was what I was thinking as well only I would opt for spackle over woodfiller.
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What kind of doors are they? Do they have a wood grain pattern? or are they smooth? Are they slab doors? Cheaper to just replace. Some of these doors can be repaired some can't.
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Spackle works too.

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