Security door needs repair and paint...

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Old 07-20-09, 10:08 PM
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Security door needs repair and paint...

Hi! I bought my home last August. I have a security door that I really like but I have a couple of problems that I don't know how to fix. There are a couple places where the paint has chipped and it has rusted. Can anyone tell me the best way to fix this and what kind of paint I should use? Also I bought a new closer for the door and the holes that the closer attaches to in the door are stripped. I have been reasearching how to fix this but am not sure the best way to proceed. I don't know how to find out who made the door, and I don't know if that makes any difference. Not sure what other information is needed to help me, so please just let me know what else I can add to make my issue clearer. Thanks!
 
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Old 07-21-09, 09:24 AM
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Painting:since it's steel apparently scrape brush or sand off all loose flaky rust then clean entire door well with cleaner then wipe down with mineral spirits,prime with metal primer specifically for rusted metal and top coat with oil based enamel of better to top quality.Note:Most common brand is Rustoleum which is a brand name for a large line of products,you must use rusty metal primer then top coat with any oil based product in the line.

closer:It is very difficult to repair stripped metal.some possible ideas are larger screws,bolt all the way through,not very attractive but solid,and relocating the closer enough to avoid the original holes.

Note that attempts to use wall anchors and other possible "hole fillers" usually do not work.
 
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Old 07-21-09, 09:03 PM
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Thanks for the info. Would a tap and die set work? Someone mentioned that to me but I wasn't sure if that was a possibility. When I put the screws through the part of the closer that attaches to the door are they supposed to be tight and the metal peice isn't supposed to be able to move?

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Old 07-22-09, 08:50 AM
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The only way tapping would work is if the metal of the door has some thickness to it.If it's thinner metal,say less than 1/8 inch,it's too thin to tap threads into properly.Even if it is thicker metal it's not the easiest job to tap threads into a metal door and be certain that they are done like they should be.

You'd almost certainly have to take the door down and lay it flat to tap it and thicker metal would be tougher to tap.If you decide to try it I'd suggest finding someone with some repair experience to help you.Yes you would have to do this so that the now bolts would tighten the plate to the door.
 
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Old 07-22-09, 10:36 PM
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I almost feel like I'm going to have to end up replacing the whole door because of two holes. That seems wrong to me some how. But if I can't figure it out then I guess I will have to do that. I don't want to hire anyone to fix it because by the time I got done paying them I would probably end up using about half the amount of money I would need to buy a new door.
 
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Old 07-23-09, 08:55 AM
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Without seeing the situation it's hard to suggest anything else.Depending on the closer type you might be able to find one that would work and just has enough size difference that you didn't have to use the old holes.Then those could be filled in with filler and painted.

If you can remove the closer you could take it to hardware stores and see if they can work something out for you.Don't bother with big box stores go to a real hardware store.
 
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Old 07-23-09, 09:59 AM
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How would I go about making the new holes? The closer is adjustable. The part of the closer that attaches to the door has several holes so I could fill in those holes and creat new ones. I just need to know the best way to do that. Thanks for being so patient with me and answering all of my questions. I don't have a lot of money right now and the door is in good shape other than a couple of things.

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I'm assuming the closer was just screwed to the door.You would drill holes in the door that lined up with the holes in the closer.The holes would be somewhat smaller than the screw diameter so the screws would bite into the metal.The sizing would be dependent on the size of the screws as well as metal thickness.Then you would screw into those holes.

The existing holes could be filled with one of the various metal filling glue like products around or a putty form of epoxy.

Go to a hardeware store with knowledgeable salehelp.This will involve proper matching of screws,drill bits and products for filling etc. and you will need a saleman to help you with this.Avoid a bog box store as they don't have the help you need.
 
 

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