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Is your wooden door frame split or cracked? Then you are not alone. Unfortunately, this problem affects many people at some point in their lives. But what should you do if it does? In this article, we will outline some simple steps for door frame repair

How to Fix a Cracked Door Frame

Check the door frame for damage.

Your first action should be to check the door frame, including the jambs, to assess the level of damage. It might seem obvious, but the severity of cracks and splits is not always apparent in many cases. If you are not familiar with cracks and breaks, you may not recognize them for what they are. Start by placing your fingers on the door frame area where there is a split or crack. If you feel and see simple cracks and splits in the wood, you can purchase a repair kit to mend them on your own.

Clear away splinters that protrude from the door frame.

If you are confident that the damage is only a crack or split, it is time to check the break and give it a thorough cleaning. First, remove the wood splinters from the crack by shaving them away with a box cutter. Then, with a rag, wipe away dirt, dust, or any large debris, or vacuum up any loose sanding dust left over. Removing any potential obstacles allow for optimal durability. Afterward, you can prepare the fill material and glue before bonding the pieces back together.

Apply the wood filler and wood glue of your choice.

Wood Glue (White vs. Yellow)

Decide the kind of glue to use. White glue is mainly preferred by many because it is cheap, easy to use, and water-soluble. However, it is not waterproof, so leaks could be a significant issue when used on the frame of an exterior door. 

You can also use yellow wood glue (known as “carpenter’s glue”). It is more potent than white wood glue but harder to use because of its faster set time. When applying the adhesive, put it as deeply into the split as you can, and then secure the two ends with clamps to hold them together while it dries. Leave it overnight or for at least six hours. 

Wood Filler

Wood filler is the finest substance to use for cracks that only need to be filled and not sealed. You must carefully weigh your options before buying a wood filler. For example, choose a water-based wood filler for an interior door because it may be stained or painted and is designed for indoor use. On the other hand, choose a solvent-based wood filler if you are fixing an exterior door frame because it is developed expressly for outdoor use and can be stained or painted.

Dryness should be your cue while filling with filler. Do not fill in anything that appears to be moist or damp in any way. Avoid the temptation to putty over damp wood since it needs much time to cure before you can move on to the next stage.

Sand down and repaint the door frame.

After the wood glue or filler has dried, you will want to smooth down the areas where it was applied by sanding. It can be done either by hand with sanding paper or with a handheld orbiting sander. Next, apply several coats of spray paint evenly across the area to get a uniform finish. You can also think about priming first for better coverage and color vibrancy.

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