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Old 06-11-2009, 10:10 PM   #1
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Have fingerjoints on painted door jambs( all inside) showing through that a homeowner wants not to show. we tried just sanding down reprime and repaint , but still shows through. Next step is maybe oversanding a little and bondo. Figured Id check with you guys, to see if it could save me some headache of trial and error. This trim is really crap that the guy got a "great deal" but expects fine finish.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:26 PM   #2
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is it the glue that is showing through? Or the actual joints? Can I ask.. are they paying you T&M for this job? << just wondering.

the bondo could work, but man you gotta get it worked just right or else you will see a hump after it is primed and painted. I would spread it both sides of the joints a ways out and not just a couple inches.
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Nature of the beast. If you want them to vanish try skinning them with 1/4 inch pine There is no real way to make the go away.
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Boy: That's a good question, you may try sanding with a flat block of wood behind you sand paper, or use a od sander with very light pressure.I really don't think you will totally get rid of them because they run at a angle to the surface.
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is it the glue that is showing through? Or the actual joints? Can I ask.. are they paying you T&M for this job? << just wondering.

the bondo could work, but man you gotta get it worked just right or else you will see a hump after it is primed and painted. I would spread it both sides of the joints a ways out and not just a couple inches.

Yes T&M , but I dont think he knows just how much time its going to take . Its about 16 door jambs. with I think 8 fingerjoints per jamb (both sided)
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Auto parts stores have this filler, unfortunately very red, but dries quick, hard and feathers to nothing. Comes in a squeeze tube. Might be worth a look.
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If its nothing fancy, REPLACE THEM! So much easier than dealing with that stuff. You can know it is not going to fail in 6 months too.
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If its nothing fancy, REPLACE THEM! So much easier than dealing with that stuff. You can know it is not going to fail in 6 months too.

Thats what I said. But the Door/trim/whatever guy has the builder convinced that itll be much cheaper and easier for us to come in and repair......you know the mindset....."it should only take about an hour"......The homeowner is VERY,,,,VERY picky. one of the worst Ive seen, and I know hes not going to be happy with ANYTHING thats done. Its becoming a nightmare
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you have the ability to use a d/a sander? Get some 220grit pads and some sandable primer. Bout all I can tell you on that. Good luck man.

EDIT: too bad they want you to make crap look like gold.. sucks.
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Auto parts stores have this filler, unfortunately very red, but dries quick, hard and feathers to nothing. Comes in a squeeze tube. Might be worth a look.
Just had to get some to repair a door on Monday, I will see if Rob will take some pix.
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the times I have used that Chris.. it was REALLY brittle and cracked easy. Could you describe a bit how Rob used it?
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He says he has used it in jambs like the OP mentioned, very thin and smoothly.
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so it was for a hairline cracks in the surface of the f.j.'s. I used it in other applications.. other than wood and I found it brittle and if you got 1/16" thick it could crack easy.
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Sow's ear -> Silk purse, any painter can do that right?
Along the lines of a filler try an old fashioned spackle (not that light weight **** we all use on drywall) good luck. steve
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I have had good luck using bondo all purpose or abatron wood epoxy it is a alot more expensive and may be a little overkill for your situation. Good luck and charge accordingly.
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