If the aluminum on the exterior of an aluminum clad sliding patio
door is beat up, scratched, etc. can it be replaced?
The interior is wood, stained to match the rest of the trim in the
room and is in great shape. It's a really nice door with an oak
sill and handle, etc. The homeowner does not want to replace the
door, she just wants to make the outside look new
Is cladding a one time thing done during manufacture or can the
old cladding be removed and replaced with new? Who would do this
type of work?
She did, sort of. The local millwork place she bought it from is out of
business. The main source's CSR said they don't repair doors, they just
sell new ones and have some parts for older models. They had no suggestions
on how to get the door repaired.
There's also been some mergers since she bought the door and now Crestline,
Peachtree and Menards are all in the mix. I think that route has been
I found a local window repair company and they said to email them some
pictures and they'll see if it's anything they think they can fix. I have
to go over and take some pictures. If they can do it, it'll be me that
takes the panels out and temporarily seals the opening. I'm sure they'll
be some duct tape involved.
I recall having some aluminum clad plywood, once. The AL was glued to
What made the scratches? what is the other damage? any holes?
Have you considered just working the AL surface over with sandpaper and
water? Coarse to finer paper.
Can you remove the door? If not, then you will never be able to try
Is the AL edge crimped over the door veneer? I assume veneer over other
Does the AL cover the entire surface of the door? Picture would be nice!
It's actually worse than just a paint issue. The cladding on the bottom of
the fixed panel has pulled away from the wood preventing the screen from
sliding paste it smoothly. It's been recaulked to prevent water from
getting behind it.
It really needs to be replaced.
On Friday, July 19, 2013 1:37:46 PM UTC-5, DerbyDad03 wrote:
beat up, scratched, etc. can it be replaced? The interior is wood, stained
to match the rest of the trim in the room and is in great shape. It's a re
ally nice door with an oak sill and handle, etc. The homeowner does not wan
t to replace the door, she just wants to make the outside look new again. I
s cladding a one time thing done during manufacture or can the old cladding
be removed and replaced with new? Who would do this type of work? Thanks!
A photo or two or three would be great
Maybe...maybe not. I need to take some pictures to send to a repair shop
but the bottom line is that the aluminum needs to be replaced. It is bent,
pulling away from the wood and holes are starting to appear. A picture
might help you folks understand how bad it is, but it won't help answer the
question of whether a door can be re-cladded or not.
Trust me, the existing aluminum can not be repaired.
It also pulling away from the glass on the bottom of the fixed panel. It
sticks out enough that it causes the screen to pop out of the track and get
all jammed up.
If it can't be reclad I may try to pull it in with some low profile pan
head screws like these, then "sanding, filling, sanding smooth and
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