How to Fix Door Molding

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Door molding is both a practical and decorative perimeter around a door frame, covering the joint where the door meets the surrounding wall. Moldings come in varied styles and colors to fit a homeowner's tastes and the style of the home. A door molding can show damage as it ages, or it can be dented or cracked when something large is brought through the door and hits the molding. Repairing a door molding requires some preparation and diligence.

Things You'll Need

  • Utility knife
  • Putty knife
  • Block of wood
  • Crowbar
  • Hacksaw
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Paint
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Cut through any paint seal between the wall and the damaged area of molding with a utility knife.

  • Pry the damaged molding slightly away from the door by sliding a putty knife between the molding and the door or wall. Do not bend the tool.

  • Place a block of wood against the door. Leverage a crowbar against it while sliding the end of the bar into the space you made between the door and the damaged molding with the putty knife. The block will protect the door from damage as you pull out the molding with the crowbar.

  • Pry the damaged molding out of the door frame. Cut through any nails that are holding the molding in place at the corners, using a small hacksaw. This avoids splitting the molding or damaging the door or wall.

  • Cut replacement molding to the same size as the piece you just removed. The ends likely will need to be angled 45 degrees to match up with the molding pieces that are still in place. Stain or paint the replacement piece to match the rest of the molding around the door frame. Allow the finish to dry thoroughly.

  • Position the new molding in place. Secure the molding by hammering nails into its ends. Choose the same size and type of nail that was used on the original molding.

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