How to repair antique entry doors
Antique entry doors can serve you well for decades, only needing a few small repairs from time to time. Here are some typical minor problems and how to address them.
Repairs on Antique Entry Doors
Your antique entry doors might have marks of the past in the wood. To correct them, you may need to remove the coats of varnish or paint first. This can be done with chemical cleaners, such as methylene chloride. Follow the directions on the product carefully. Once the paint and varnish are gone, small scuffs, nicks, gouges, and other imperfections are more evident. For gouges in the wood, apply an appropriate wood filler and let it dry. Sand the area until smooth, and then paint or stain as necessary.
Many antique entry doors have original hardware. If the doorknob, faceplate, or latches begin to slip or loosen, study the lockset carefully to determine what size of screws are needed to hold it firmly in place. If you remove the entire lockset, take pictures as you go so you can remind yourself, if necessary, how to reassemble it. For serious repairs, call a locksmith.
Antique entry doors are often heavy, which puts a great deal of strain on the hinges. If the door begins to rub against the frame, seems difficult to open, or emits a creaking sound when it swings, look at the hinges. Ensure they're still firmly screwed into the door and frame.
If the jamb has cracked where the hinges meet, remove the door and hinges. Repair the jamb. Reinstall the hinges using new screws that are slightly longer than the older ones, then re-hang the door.