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#222494 14-Aug-2017 16:03
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Front door sun damage about 19 years old need advice on which way? Will have to rub door down etc but its got some big cracks in the panels which will be hard to get back to base or can I fill and paint don't mind going for a solid colour which might be easier than to varnish again.



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  #1846482 14-Aug-2017 16:21
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We have a front door painted with a dark solid colour that has cracked. The panels should float rather than get glued in by paint or vanish. If too much paint does glue them in, as the door moves the panels get split. It will be redone with a lighter colour.


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  #1846485 14-Aug-2017 16:24
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It's the UV that does the damage, and paint will always block more UV than any kind of clear finish. It would be straight forward to sand, fill cracks, prime and paint. Resene has good technical help. They'll probably want to know what type of wood to recommend the right primer.

If you wanted to keep it clear, you can sometimes match fill with the type of wood but I've never been satisfied with those results. If you go down that route, inorerfer the look of a contrasting black fill, but that's personal preference.


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  #1846606 14-Aug-2017 18:36
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Its cracked because you let the finish deteriorate and didnt renew it before the wood cracked. Wooden stuff like that is high maintanance. I would replace with a metal door if you want something you can ignore for 19 years.


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  #1846874 15-Aug-2017 09:22
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Once you have removed the varnish, etc coat, and start sanding the actual wood, save the sawdust and you can mix it with glue ( PVA, epoxy, etc) to make a like-for-like filler.


However, it will depend on the final topcoats, as the top coat may show some differences due to differing levels of coat penetration and adherence.





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  #1847186 15-Aug-2017 16:58
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Just leave it as it is - the rustic look is very popular.


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  #1847226 15-Aug-2017 17:51
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Just leave it as it is - the rustic look is very popular.



The correct word to use is "distressed". So when someone points out that your door has had it, tell them it's a specialty distressed-look door that you got from an furniture restorer.



More seriously, you may be better off getting a new-old door from a demolition place and starting with that.

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