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Capital restoration of interior doors


Today I will talk about such a problem with interior doors as mechanical damage (breakdown) of the surface of the canvas. In my practice, this has happened more than once. Cases are different: this is a violation of the rules prescribed in the instructions for installing the door i.e. installation is carried out at the beginning of repair work and along the way one of the workers accidentally broke through the canvas and all the scandal. Or this can happen only later, when, say, furniture was brought into the room. Yes, just one of the owners was angry and attached to something and so on. But I'm not talking about this, not about the reasons, but about the future i.e. what a way out of this situation.

In general, there are not many ways to “resuscitate” such damage, just a couple of methods:

The first and in my opinion, the simplest method is to stick using double-sided tape, which has a sticky base on both sides, a decorative applique in the form of a butterfly, if this door is in the girl’s room. If this door is in the boy’s room, then a typewriter and so on.

Second the method will be a little more complicated, so you need to work hard and try. For work, we need:

  • some wood glue or regular PVA glue,
  • some wood chips (chips will not work)
  • wood stain,
  • colored putty on wood to the color of a damaged door,
  • set of felt-tip pens and a set of colored pencils. So, let's get started.

✓ First of all, we need to fill the void created by the blow, because such doors are initially hollow (inside paper honeycombs or corrugated cardboard).
✓ It can be filled with silicone, it is possible with polyurethane foam, wax. But the best is the old and traditional method of glue with sawdust, diluted to the consistency of thick sour cream. After drying, this mixture becomes quite strong.
✓ In this example, to speed up work, I filled with foam.

✓ Then, when the foam dries, it can be putty in several layers, because when the layer is large, there can be cracks after drying, and we don’t need it.

✓Therefore, it is better not to rush and gradually fill layer by layer with each completely drying out.
✓ If you stained the door, wipe it off immediately with a damp cloth, only do not carefully fit into the center.

✓ After the putty dries well, it needs to be slightly cleaned with a special mesh-based sanding mesh on which the abrasive material is sprayed. But it should not be new, battered and very small (No. 240).
✓ You need to clean it slowly and by touching it a bit so as not to scratch the door.
It happens that the putty is not very hard and can be cleaned with fingers.
✓ In general, everything must be done as carefully as possible.

Well, now, perhaps, the most difficult task is to get into the color and tone of the door leaf. For this we will need:

Show all your potential as an artist and you will succeed. I'm just sure. Most importantly, if something goes wrong, you can always return to the original i.e. clean everything and putty again, and paint until you like everything.

In short, this is what happened after my generally not-so-long art. For a better result, you would still have to "conjure."
But I want to note that a photograph was taken from a very close distance (almost macro photography).

These methods are suitable if a punched hole with a diameter of not more than 20 mm. And if the damage is greater, then you need to resort to the third, the most difficult method - this is a complete through cutting and pasting of glass or pannel with the manufacture of plates (frames) from MDF profiles.
I will have a separate article on this subject.

How to correctly restore the door leaf

Before you restore our old door, you need to dismantle it, that is, remove it from the hinges. Often this does not cause much difficulty, but now the hinges are different and if you come across a “fixed” option, then unscrew the screws and remove the doors. In any case, it is better to put new loops on the restored canvas.

Next, for our interior door you need to build some kind of stand. In the workshops, goats or special tables are used for this, but for lack of such, a couple of stools can be accommodated at home.


Now let's talk about how to update the old interior door. First you need to completely dismantle all the fittings, the canvas should be clean without lock handles, protruding studs, etc.

And even if you are not going to put new loops, the reciprocal part of the canopy still needs to be twisted. Otherwise, while you will clean, grind and putty the interior doors with your own hands, your hinges will certainly be scratched and lose their attractiveness.

No update is possible on the old coating, so then we will have the most time-consuming stage of removing peeling paint or varnish. There are many options and each of them has its pros and cons.

The first thing that is usually offered to the young master is to clean off the emery cover. To do this, you need to take the largest emery you can find, pull it on a block or fix it on a wooden block and grind the door until the base appears. The method gives a high-quality result, but it is very difficult.

If there is a grinding machine in your arsenal, then things will go much faster, but be prepared for the fact that there will be a cloud of dust around you, so it is not advisable to do this in the apartment.

Now on the market you can find many so-called washes, for example, B52. These compounds, in fact, are harsh chemicals that corrode the paintwork in a short time, on average from 15 minutes to 1 hour. Then take a spatula and scrape off the paint.

But the washings terribly “smell”, plus they are very harmful to all living things. The instruction to most of these compounds recommends working outdoors and preferably in a gas mask. In addition, multi-layer staining with chemistry cannot be cleaned at a time.

In general, if the conditions allow you to work on the street and your door is covered with a relatively thin layer of paint, then you can try to clean it with special tools.

There is a folk recipe for washing: knead soda with oatmeal in water and apply this solution to the door leaf. After a couple of hours, you can try to remove the paint with a spatula or scraper, but there is no absolute guarantee that the paint will go away.

A gas burner or blowtorch for firing old paint is used quite often and this method works well. But open fire is always dangerous, here, even a well-ventilated room will not help, the canvas needs to be taken out into the street, away everything that can catch fire and only then work.

To clean old paint, you can use a nozzle with a metal pile on a drill or grinder, it is also called cord brush. This method is somewhat reminiscent of grinding, but you need to be very careful, the metal bristles in old wood can quickly select a soft fabric between the fibers.

Although if you plan to decorate the doors with the newfangled Shabby Chic method (artificial aging or gray oak), then this method is best for you.

But keep in mind: there will be even more dust from the cord brush than from the grinder, plus large particles of paint break off, so you need to work with glasses and gloves.

A building hair dryer can be safely called the most effective and safe way to remove old paint from a door leaf. The temperature of hot air can reach several hundred degrees, which makes it easy to warm up and quickly scrape off the coating with a metal spatula.

Apart from the cost of the tool itself, there are practically no flaws in this method, because you can work with a building hairdryer in any room and without special protective equipment.

There is another way, you can use a sharp metal scraper to remove the paint, but we do not recommend it to you. The fact is that the scraper on the door leaf leaves too deep grooves and after it you need to grind the surface for a long time. This tool is good on hard surfaces, such as concrete.

Web reinforcement

Often, a shriveled door leaf needs serious strengthening, because if you close the cracks and paint the door without strengthening it, after a month all the defects will appear again.

The door shield is usually assembled from planks located vertically, so you need to strengthen it horizontally. Planks stuffed directly on the plane of the canvas will look too rough, this option is suitable only for doors in a rustic style.

We recommend another way to strengthen the canvas during restoration. Fixing strips will be fastened on the upper and lower edges of the doors. But the door shield has strictly defined dimensions and so that it also then clearly falls into place in the box, we need to cut strips about 50 mm wide above and below.

To do this, we measure the required distance on the blade and, applying a restrictive bar, cut off part of the blade with an electric jigsaw or a manual miter saw. If you are not confident in your abilities, then the restrictive bar to the doors can be pressed on both sides with clamps, then it definitely does not deviate.

Next, we need to pick up a bar of exactly the same size as the strip cut from the doors. So that everything fits together to a millimeter, do not forget to add the thickness of the jigsaw blade to the width of the bar.

If the jigsaw was not at hand and you had to saw off the canvas with a regular hacksaw on a tree, then after that it is advisable to trim the end face with an emery or plane.

Next, take the prepared bar, lubricate it with carpentry glue on one side and apply it to the end of the door leaf. In order for the glue to grip well, the entire structure must be fixed with clamps.

But one carpentry glue is not enough to really fix the canvas qualitatively, you need to drill several through holes from the end of the bar and drive long self-tapping screws into them. It is necessary to drill, otherwise the screws can split the bar, while the drill is selected 1 mm thinner than the fixing screws.

The bar can not always be clearly selected according to the size of the door leaf, so at the end of the work it is advisable to walk along the entire plane of the doors with an electric planer. By the way, this way you can remove a lot of other defects.

The door leaf can still be strengthened from the outside with decorative metal corners, but this is rather an additional measure. In addition, the beautiful decorative corners need to be screwed in last, after the fine finish.

Castle Area Restoration

If for some reason the door was knocked out, then almost certainly the area of ​​the mortise or padlock is badly damaged. Do not worry, the broken sector can be completely restored and even embed a new lock in the same place.

For the restoration of the castle area, we need:

  • Manual milling cutter,
  • Hacksaw for wood (jigsaw, miter saw),
  • Electric drill,
  • Screwdriver
  • Elbow,
  • Roulette,
  • Chisel,
  • Hammer,
  • Level.

The first thing to do is to dismantle the old castle. Next, we select a wooden plank according to the size of the damaged area.

In order to smoothly cut out a niche with a milling cutter for installing a board selected by us, we need to mark this niche, this is done using a square and a pencil.

A manual milling tool is a specific tool, from the milling cutter itself, there is a certain distance to the edge of the supporting platform. So we need to add this distance to the marking under the insert and fasten the temporary stops made of wooden planks with the screws.

Now we take the milling cutter, set the milling cutter to the required sampling depth and resting the supporting platform in the side we made from the planks, we mill the castle zone along the contour.

In theory, the entire niche can be completely selected with a milling cutter, but in order not to "force" an expensive tool, it is better to cut the milled section with a chisel and a hammer.

Next, we customize our wooden insert to the depth of the niche, generously lubricate it with glue and fix the bar into the niche with clamps. Since the castle zone is “active”, it is better to take not ordinary carpentry glue, but a special two-component waterproof composition. By the way, the slats on the contour need to be removed.

When the glue has finally set, you will need to walk from the end and along the plane of the canvas with an emery cloth to align the bar flush with the door leaf, after which you can insert a new lock.

The reciprocal level to such a lock is resuscitated in the same way. That is, we select a niche for the insert, glue the insert and cut the reciprocal bar into it.

The technology for installing mortise and patch locks on such doors is not a very difficult task, but now we are talking about restoration, and you can find detailed instructions for the insert “here”.

Finishing preparation for the decor

All heavy restoration work has been completed and then we move on to the final preparation for decoration. This preparation includes puttying the canvas and pre-painting (primer).

Puttying is not a tricky business, but before applying the composition, the canvas needs to be sanded once again, while we grind only with a large emery. Now our task is to smooth out minor defects left after cleaning and strengthening the doors.

If there are visible, large cracks on the canvas, then they need to be slightly expanded and deepened. This can be done with a chisel or knife. At the end, you should vacuum and “walk” the reinforcing soil on the tree.

It is better to putty with an acrylic putty specifically designed for woodwork. The instruction is simple: apply the composition to the canvas and align it with a spatula.

When the putty is dry, we need to again sand the canvas with emery. This time we use emery with fine (fine) grain. After sanding, dust must be brushed off.

The canvas is actually restored, but in this form it is not yet ready for decoration. As a preparation, we need to apply a layer of soil for staining. Such a primer usually has a white color, since it is then easier to tint a white base to any other color.

After restoration, you can start applying any decor you like. There are many options for original door decoration with your own hands, step-by-step instructions for arranging the simplest and most affordable types of door decor are outlined here.

Now you know how to update the interior door with your own hands. On the video in this article there is additional information that may be useful in the restoration of interior doors.

Door repair after hacking: reasons for calling the master

Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons that lead to the fact that the doors must be urgently restored. Some apartment owners turn to us after the Emergencies Ministry’s arrival, although this rarely happens. But in most cases, more and more residents of Moscow call specialists for repairs after their iron door was cracked. Since apartment thefts are not uncommon today, we often have to restore entrance structures.
It is sometimes necessary to repair a door after opening it and when:

  • lost keys
  • locks are broken
  • force majeure circumstances, such as a fire,
  • there was a forceful opening of locks by intruders and the metal was deformed.

If the owner of the apartment has lost his keys, he sometimes has to open the steel door with improvised means or by calling the Ministry of Emergency Situations to get home. It is worth noting that if the opening of the input metal sheet was carried out by a specialist, then there will be less problems with its restoration and will be much cheaper. Indeed, in this case, only the locks will be damaged, and not the area around the keyhole.
There is no place for people from the street in our service. If we restore door panels after hacking, the result always pleases the residents of Moscow. For little money, they get first-class service and inexpensive after-service repairs.

Restoring a metal door after opening

Before proceeding with the restoration of the canvas, it is necessary to inspect it for damage. As a rule, the master changes or repairs locks after breaking. In this case, the algorithm for the restoration of the front door includes the following activities:

  • elimination of deformed elements and structures,
  • welding of sawn seam, cut metal
  • alignment of the iron door, dismantling of the old castle,
  • replacement of the locking mechanism with a new and reliable one,
  • installation of locks, new hinges instead of sawn ones,
  • repair of the box after opening the Ministry of Emergencies, if the stiffeners are not damaged,
  • dermantine upholstery, restoration of the integrity of the damaged fabric.

After opening the entrance iron doors without leaving the master can not do. Agree that a new canvas is too expensive, so it is sometimes impractical to change it. However, calling an amateur to repair a metal door is far from the best solution.
Often you need to perform complex and time-consuming work, welding. Of course, a private locksmith without practical skills and experience does not have the appropriate tools, which means that he will not be able to competently and reliably restore the steel door after opening by an attacker.

Сколько стоит отремонтировать входную металлическую дверь после вскрытия в Москве или области?

Стоимость на услуги по замене замков, а также по ремонту и восстановлению входных дверей после взлома разительно отличается в разных компаниях Москвы. Многое зависит и от степени повреждения самого полотна. The more deformed and damaged the metal structure, the more expensive the restoration will cost.
However, working with us is still beneficial and reasonable for at least 3 reasons:

  1. The minimum prices. The cost of repairing doors after opening in our service is one of the lowest and most attractive in Moscow, while the quality of restoration work is at a high level.
  2. Guarantees. We won the trust of customers, but this was not due to advertising. The thing is that masters provide long-term guarantees for all types of services.
  3. Speed. Reliable, competent and talented specialists work in the arsenal of the team, knowing the intricacies of repair and welding work, which quickly eliminate the difficulties with locks and the front door. They know all the tools perfectly, know the weaknesses of paintings, locking mechanisms.

If you want to cheaply repair the door after breaking or aggressive opening, you have come to the right address. The best specialists will not only quickly arrive at the customer’s home, but will also perform a range of work inexpensively, competently and efficiently. If you still have doubts, look at the work of our masters and make a choice in favor of the faultlessly performed repair of upholstery, locks and metal structures!

What are the main damage to a metal door?

As a rule, professional ‘’ housekeepers ’’, open the door without visible damage. But the percentage of such hacks is very small. Basically, after a criminal break-in, the metal in the area of ​​the key hole is torn on the door and the exterior decorative finish is naturally damaged. But the owners themselves usually try to open their door with a jammed lock using crowbars or crowbars, so after that, as a rule, the frame of the door or the canvas itself is bent.

Firefighters and the Ministry of Emergencies act approximately the same. Cut off the lock bolts or door hinges with a grinder. In the first version, the outer sheet of metal, decorative trim and locks deteriorate. In the second, there are door hinges and a possible burnout of the finish.

But the old iron doors are spoiled by time. They are mostly outdated and worn locks, dilapidated and upholstery looks bad.

Before restoration

After restoration

What to do with a damaged metal door, restore or not?

Of course, after events such as hacking or tampering, the first thought is to replace it with a new one. But, just as with the old, ancient and worn door, do not rush. It is possible that the terrible destruction that you see is just ordinary and inexpensive repair for us. Everything is simple. First of all, call the specialists, and we will say how much it will cost to restore the door. Or we will advise you that it will be easier and cheaper to replace with a new one.

Problems that we fix

  • Cut loops
  • Bent door leaf
  • Bent door frame
  • Violation of the door frame fastener
  • Carved Castle Crossbars
  • Torn metal in the castle area
  • Torn, burnt upholstery
  • Spoiled decorative MDF panels
  • Elimination of a warp, subsidence
  • Any repair of entrance doors

Before repair

After repair

Why should we call?

Our craftsmen have more than 10 years of experience behind them, which allows them to qualitatively and inexpensively restore metal doors after any breakdowns. Our company works according to a simple scheme - you just need to contact us, describe the problem, and set a convenient time for YOU. The master will arrive at the appointed time, stipulate all repair details, and perform all necessary work. The door is like new, and you are pleased with the result. This is how our company works.

Do not waste your time and money. Call the specialists on the numbers indicated on the site!

Turn to the professionals of your business, and you can be sure of the reliability of the front door and lock.