How to Refinish an Interior Door Jamb : Tips for Applying Putty to Door Jamb


MARK BLOCKER: Hello. My name is Mark Blocker
on behalf of Expert Village. In this segment, we’re going to cover “Puttying the Door Part
2”. And as you may see during some of the filming, you’re going to get some bonus footage
of some other painters working in the background, so you can use that as a little bit of extra
experience for you. Now that we’ve primed it, we can get a real good look at the door
and some of the holes that we missed earlier because the paint is a light color and the
existing wood was a darker color, it makes the holes show up a lot easier so we can see
them. And this time we’ll just go around and get the little nail holes and nicks that we
missed before. It may be hard to see on the video but you’ll see some dents on our corner
edges and this is caused by primarily by wheelchair uses in the building. And if we have to try
and putty that corner back to get it squared, it’s not going to be a strong as a wood and
when it chips, it’s going to chip in a big chunk and leave an unsightly mark. So, on
our next sanding paper, what we’re going to do is round those edges off just a little
bit and blend–smooth that out, just kinda eliminate the nick out of the door and bring
it back to a smoother, more you know, physically-appealing appearance rather than try to square the corners
off with putty because another bump on the wheelchair is just going to make the damage
a little worse and harder to cover up next time. So, we just want to get a light coat
and fill the actual hole; any excess that you put on other than filling the dent, divit,
or hole is just going to have to be sanded off. So, just apply it over to the hole, scrape
off the excess, and remember as you’re working with your putty, every few minutes just stir
it up and make sure you keep it mixed so it doesn’t dry and harden on the exterior side.
After you’ve gone around in getting any holes that you’ve missed, once you’ve puttied up
all the holes that you’re aware of, you’ve got a few minutes for the putty to dry, so
it’s an opportunity you can go through and inspect and give it a little bit of thorough
inspection maybe a double check and make sure you got all those holes ’cause they all need
to be filled to get the finish that we’re after. So, if you get ’em now, it can save
you a little time later. And if you’ve gotten all your putty holes, we have to wait for
the putty to dry before we can actually sand the entire door. But while we’re waiting,
there’s some edge work that can be done with the sandpaper and we can tidy that up. So,
please watch our next segment on “Sanding the Door Part 3”.

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