Can I Straighten a metal door?


Old 07-12-01, 08:35 AM
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I need to repair a exterior metal door that has been broken in to. The door has a small bend or "tweak" in it where the main door latch is set through the door. It has a main latch and a dead bolt 6" on center and has a 2 3/4" inset. The door was "rammed" or "kicked" in. Is it possible to straighten this in some way or do I need to replace it? I am trying to avoid replacement because it is a 10'x 4' metal exterior door. I do need to but a new hardware set, is there a way to hide the fix area with some sort of a brass wrap with a lock set? Any sort of input would be helpful, thank you for your time!
Old 07-12-01, 03:31 PM
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Hi spyder71,you can try bondo.I fixed alot of doors that had small dents in them with it.Bondo is actually auto body filler.You can but it at any home improvement centers.It comes in a can and it also comes with a hardener that you mix with it.Make sure you remove all the paint down to the metal,then apply with a putty knife.Once its dry you sand it smooth and re-paint.

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Old 07-13-01, 05:23 AM
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The 'bondo' repair that beach51 is talking about works fine for repairing dings and dents in a metal door, but if your door was bent (bowed) when it was rammed or kicked in, replacement might be your only option. Can you get the door to close and latch properly, or does it touch at the top and bottom of the stop but not close far enough for the lockset and deadbolt to be latched?

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