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Old 11-25-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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It is now turning to winter in the Northeast and my bedroom doors have shed the summer humidity are finally closing properly. What can I do to keep them like this for next summer? The doors were pre-primed but the bottoms were cut to fit. I did prime the bottoms but maybe not enough?? Should I reprime and paint them? Will that help seal them for the summer?
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:08 PM   #2
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Any wood door needs to be primed and painted two coats on all sides, including the tops and bottoms.
Primer is porous.

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Old 11-25-2013, 08:12 PM   #3
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Thanks Joe. Should I prime and paint the hinge mortises as well?
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:41 PM   #4
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There not going to be an issue.
It's where the end grains of the rails and stiles that are important. That like blood vain in a tree and will act like a straw sucking in the moisture.
What often happen when a door starts sticking on a real solid wood door is we all put of fixing it and just keep yanking on it.
At some point the rails come loose from the stiles, the door starts to sag and will always be trouble.
There is a cheap way to fix it without buying a new door.
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Thanks again. I know for a fact that I did not paint the bottoms. I'm gonna reprime and paint (2x) the tops and bottoms like I did the front and back. Hopefully that'll do the trick.
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:30 PM   #6
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It may help, but if you see the seams opening up where the rails and stiles meet it's time for plan B.

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