How Do You Fix A Chipped Wood Door Frame?

October 27, 2023
Image of Abandoned greenhouse with chipped white pain on sealed double doors

If you have a chipped, broken, or cracked door frame, don’t despair. Repairing a chipped or cracked door frame is a job that most do it yourselfers can perform…if they have the right tools and techniques.

So, if you think you’re up to the challenge, here’s what you need to do to get that door frame looking as good as new.

First, you’ll need to gather some tools and supplies together. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  • Wood putty or two part filler
  • Putty knife
  • Hammer
  • Finishing nails
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Exterior paint
  • Natural bristle paint brush
  • Rubber or vinyl gloves
  • Utility knife
  • Wood chisel
  • Tack rag

Preparing the door frame for repair depends on the extent of the damage.

  • If the door frame is dented or gouged, you just need to fill it with putty or two part wood filler, let it dry, cut any excess off with a utility knife, then sand until the repair is smooth and flush with the rest of the door frame. In deciding how much filler to use, more is better than not enough.
  • If the door frame is cracked or loose, you may need to use finishing nails to hold it in place during the repair and use then use the wood filler to fill in the crack.
  • If there’s a hole in the door frame, the technique is similar, but you might need to do more than one application of the filler, letting it dry between applications.
  • If the door frame has a spot that has rotted, or if there’s severe damage to the door frame you should cut out all of the rotted or damaged wood with a chisel. Once the damaged wood has been removed, you can use the wood filler, but again, you may need to do more than one application.

After you’ve performed the actual repair, use a tack rag to remove loose dust or debris before applying any paint or stain. Use your brush to add a smooth and even layer to match the door’s finish, and there you are.

Congratulations on repairing your damaged door frame!

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