How to Refinish an Interior Door Jamb : Applying Putty to Refinish a Door Jamb

How to Refinish an Interior Door Jamb : Applying Putty to Refinish a Door Jamb


MARK BLOCKER: Hi. I’m Mark Blocker on behalf
of Expert Village. In this segment, we’re going to cover puttying the door jamb. After
we’ve cleaned it, the first step I’m going to do is look the door over carefully and
feel any nail holes, large gouges, dense or damage to the wood with an initial coat of
putty. It can be kind of difficult sometimes with a stained product to see some of the
nail holes or dents or divits because of lightning and the darkness of the wood. So, we’ll concentrate
and get the big ones that we can see. After you get that first coat of primer on there,
then it will really show you with the shadows of the light color any other dents, divits
that may need to be repaired and we’ll be applying putty in between several coats of
paint just to ensure that we get the finish just as perfectly smooth and new looking as
possible. As you can see I’ve already applied putty in several locations and these were
the damaged areas and nail holes, stuff of that nature. The putty that we’re using is
a basic wood grain type of water-based putty. It goes on relatively easy, dries relatively
quick so we can work with it rapidly. When you’re working with the putty, this putty
air dries. As you’re working with it, every few minutes if you’ll take the time and just
kinda stir it around with your putty knife and mix it up. That way, the air that’s gotten
to the portions that are exposed as it starts to dry. This keeps it mixed up and keeps it
moist at all times. If the putty is allowed to air dry on the top and become hard and
crusty, you’ll get chunks of hardened material and when you apply it on, it makes an uneven
surface; it requires more sanding and just generally more work. And then you end up with
a product that’s not usable. So, every few minutes if you just remember just kinda stir
the putty around to keep the moisture stuff in the bottom and mix it around so it all
stays moist, pliable, and smooth throughout the operation of your project. If you should
allow build-up just set up around here and not get it stirred in occasionally, it will
dry in that position. If this happens or occurs, what you need to do is get the putty all mixed
and pushed down as far as possible and all that dry stuff needs to be scraped and removed
from the putty. Otherwise, it will chip off, fall into your putty and you’ll end up with
chunks on there that may be extremely hard to finish with that. Just requires more sanding,
more aggravation. So, if you keep your putty mixed and moist, it will go on smooth for
you and work correctly. It takes about 15, 20 minutes for this to dry, for us to use
it in these light, thin applications that we put on. In deeper chunks or grooves, it
could require more drying time. Use of a portable heater can help to speed that up so you could
continue to work. Please watch our next segment on sanding the door jamb.

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