Our garage door has some cracks in it from the kids crashing into it with their
bikes. It is a wooden, non-insulated door. There are no thru holes, just some
"star bursts" from the Evel Knievels!
A buddy of mine builds boats. He suggested a technique used in that trade of
using two part epoxy with wood flour (sort of a fine graned saw dust) that
would be trowled into place and then sanded and painted.
Shy of replacing the door, any other ideas??
What type of wood door? Smooth outer skin, or the traditional panels held in
rails and styles? If the latter, the panels can sometimes be replaced. If
you are lucky, the molding on inside is removable to free the panel. If the
panels ride in a kerf in the solid rails, you either have to disassemble the
door section to get it loose, or carve out enough of the inside rail to free
the panel, and then fake it with trim afterward. If the panel is captive,
I'd enlist your buddy the boat builder's help, but with the addition of a
layer of glas fabric and/or a brace plate on the 'hidden' inside of the
panel. I assume the door is painted, not stained? If so, rather than fussy
epoxy for the surface prep, I'd use automotive Bondo kit. Much easier for a
non-pro to work, and holds paint better than epoxy does.
As to the kids- maybe velcro a strip of that ensolite stuff they use as dock
bumpers, say between axle height of smallest bike, and forehead height
(while mounted) of tallest kid? :^/ It's just a garage door, after all,
and in a few years you will treasure those scuff mark momentoes of their
formative years. <Nobody> expects a house with kids to be pristine.
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