I just installed a solid flush 30" service door on my garage,it needs to be
primed,now it's been raining for 2 days,the bottom 1/4 is damp,can I still
paint it,try to dry it out with a hair drier,or just wait until the sun
dries it out.Just worried that it might ruin the door.Thanks
Wait. However, if the "solid flush door" is a normal passage door the
"solid" part is most likely particle board and it will be junk in short
order painted or not. Steel or fiberglass would be a better choice.
yeah ,the solid part is partical board,but because it not a standard size
door i just bought a slab and cut it to size,height 74",a special order
steel door or fiberglass door would cost 700-1000 $,this cost me
$100,anyways it will last me my lifetime,72 yrs old.
Do you need this door? Can you take it down for a few days? If so put it
in the garage and let it dry out. Then see if it's ok. I suspect that
particle board was not a good choice and would recommend that you cover the
exterior with something more substantial than paint.
As somebody else said, if you can remove the door (like there was an old
one or similar) for a while and put it somewhere dry that would be
better than letting it get sun on it while still unfinished and wet.
Store it flat if possible and let it dry thoroughly--I would not try to
accelerate the process other than to remove any surface moisture.
Depending on the area, it may take quite some time (weeks) if it really
got soaked and the humidity is high.
You'll want to lightly sand to take the "fuzz" raised grain the moisture
will likely have caused, then use a very good quality oil-based primer.
Be especially certain to prime both top and bottom ends as well.
Then follow up w/ paint (I'd recommend a latex enamel, obviously
exterior grade) of your choice consistent w/ the primer...
Should last a good long time...
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