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Offline suds

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Window trim problems
« on: July 05, 2016, 09:56 PM »
We're going to be selling our home next year and the trim around the slider window is in bad shape.  Could I wood putty this and repaint to get by without having to replace the doors. The doors are in very good shape other than this.
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Offline T. Ernsberger

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Re: Window trim problems
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2016, 10:01 PM »
It's pretty bad.  My first option, I would replace the window.  Second option  repair the issue with Bondo home solutions.  You can find it  at Home Depot.  It comes with a white primer instead of red that auto body guys use.

Offline Bohdan

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Re: Window trim problems
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2016, 03:54 AM »
Just went thru this excercise with my termite customized window frames which didn't look as bad as your photo. Initially I tried to putty up and repaint the damage but after the first window, seeing that I had all of the required equipment, I decided that it was actually easier and quicker to machine up some new parts, pull the windows out, and replace all of the damaged bits.

Offline peterboy

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Re: Window trim problems
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2016, 07:35 AM »
If that's the only damage you could chisel out a rabbet, glue in a strip and sand flat.   

Offline suds

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Re: Window trim problems
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2016, 11:43 AM »
Pretty much the whole bottom is like that with cracks. Is that wood that's cracked. It almost looks like some other material.
« Last Edit: July 06, 2016, 11:46 AM by suds »
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Re: Window trim problems
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2016, 02:28 AM »
Looks like they forced that thicker insulated glass pane into an existing frame. My guess is that they routed out the old window and then slapped some cheap soft wood on the outside because the old trim would not fit and they didn't have the means to thin out the old trim. Hence the cracks and the gap. A botched job for sure.

It is quite easy to replace the side trim at a fraction of the cost of replacing the whole window. It is not a particularly difficult task. Judging by the second photo the whole side needs to be replaced though.

I have worked with window repairs on and off for some fifteen years and I find it strange that people would replace a window when only a small portion is in need of repair.  Are windows that cheap in the US?!
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Offline rizzoa13

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Re: Window trim problems
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2016, 02:35 AM »
There are many times that the glass is more expensive than the enter door or window to replace. I renovated a house last year where either from the factory or the local glass shop a piece of dual pane oval glass for a front door was $500 and a brand new fiberglass door with that glass was $399...

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Offline mkasdin

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Re: Window trim problems
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2016, 03:03 AM »
I would probably stick a Dutchman in the spot that is Brocken and missing. My first answer would be to replace the door and skip the labor to repair. If you are dead set on fixing it and you plan to paint it then your okay but I would think to do a good job it will take time? 20- 40 hours including dry times and multiple coats.

Bondo is your friend! Skim coat the door, and it will fill in the cracks. If the door will see extreme weather changes and the frame is intact I would probably veneer the door. Not sure if your door has sticklers?
Step 1.  Sand the door completely to raw wood. Then decide what you want to do? Just sand one side. Bondo is fine, but it won't take a lot of abuse. I've skimcoated fascia before around an entire house and its a pita.

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Offline Matthewajones

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Re: Window trim problems
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2016, 08:16 PM »
I have had great results with Abatron wood epox and liquid-wood restoration products. I believe they were developed for just those applications. Check out their website.

Offline Motown

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Re: Window trim problems
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2016, 12:47 AM »
I absolutely 2nd the recommendation of Abatron and Liquid Wood....its like the Bondo of wood. I've used it repair a number of windows and exterior trim. Its not cheap compared to other similar products but its a lot cheaper than replacing a window.

Offline suds

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Re: Window trim problems
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2016, 12:57 PM »
Is it necessary to remove the door?  I've never done that so don't want to totally screw up the door/window.  The inside of the door matches our wood paneling so it would be really good if I can repair this.  Especially since we're selling and building another home.
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