How to repair panel entry doors
How to Repair Panel Entry Doors
Repairing common problems associated with panel entry doors is relatively simple for the do-it-yourselfer. All you need is the right set of tools.
If Panel Entry Doors Don't Swing True
If the door opens and scrapes the ground or slams shut or falls open, some basic tools and cardboard can fix this. Figure out which hinge is the problem by opening and closing the door, then remove it. Take the wall side of the hinge and hold it up to your cardboard and proceed to cut around the hinge. Repeat these steps for a few cardboard shims.
Put the hinge back on with a shim between the hinge and doorframe. If this doesn't work, add an additional shim. Play with it until the door opens and closes freely.
Fixing Scratches on Wood
For a minor scratch on wood, stroke it with steel wool. Be sure not to stroke against the grain. This will cause the scratch to slowly disappear and restore the area. For larger scratches, follow the same procedure with a fine-grain sandpaper.
Fixing Scratches on Metal
For metal, as long as the door isn't dented you have a simple fix: paint it. Matching shades may be a problem but manufacturers can supply the appropriate paint color. If your panel entry doors are dented, then you can either attempt to caulk the divot and paint over that, but it won't bond well to metal and may crack and fall off when the weather changes.
Remember, if you find yourself in over your head, don't be afraid to contact a professional to help clean your panel entry doors.