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#4499214 - 08/27/17 08:12 AM Repairing dent in hollow core door
Oldtom Offline


Registered: 07/05/14
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Loc: Cecil County Maryland
Good Morning - One of my tenants put a six inch diameter X 3/4 inch deep " dent " in a brand new hollow core door. I want to fix the dent and bill the tenant for it. I am looking for a quick and cheap repair, since the next crew of knuckle dragging neanderthals will probably punch a hole into the same spot. No point in getting fancy in a rental. The dent only shows on one side of the door panel. The door is a plain, flat panel, which simplifies things.

I was thinking of experimenting with fast setting drywall mud. Not sure if it will stick.

What do you folks think? Thanks in advance for any advice.

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#4499218 - 08/27/17 08:20 AM Re: Repairing dent in hollow core door [Re: Oldtom]
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2part wood filler
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#4499219 - 08/27/17 08:20 AM Re: Repairing dent in hollow core door [Re: Oldtom]
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#4499221 - 08/27/17 08:29 AM Re: Repairing dent in hollow core door [Re: Oldtom]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
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Loc: ME
I think the mud will fall out... it's a door... it moves (slams).

How much of a hassle is it to get over to this dwelling and futz with it?

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#4499222 - 08/27/17 08:30 AM Re: Repairing dent in hollow core door [Re: Oldtom]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
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Loc: North Carolina
Assuming this is a painted door, i'd wire brush the area off and use bondo. I'd check and see if there are any salvage stores in your area. Habitat restores usually have lots of doors like this , and they are cheap. If you can get a cheap one, its faster than repair.
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#4499224 - 08/27/17 08:30 AM Re: Repairing dent in hollow core door [Re: Oldtom]
bioburner Offline


Registered: 09/19/16
Posts: 1418
Loc: Minnesota
Get a piece of wall panel,cut and cover the whole door. Use panel adhesive to attach to the door and if you want it fancy, cut the panel undersize and get some molding to frame it. Time effective.
Spasm has the right idea with recycle. I know my local box store has a bargin bin full of scratch and dent doors for very cheap too. Most under $20


Edited by bioburner (08/27/17 08:33 AM)
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#4499226 - 08/27/17 08:34 AM Re: Repairing dent in hollow core door [Re: Oldtom]
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Registered: 09/21/10
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What exactly is the surface to be repaired (the skin) ?

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#4499289 - 08/27/17 09:45 AM Re: Repairing dent in hollow core door [Re: Oldtom]
HangFire Offline


Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 2506
Loc: Central Maryland
Originally Posted By: Oldtom
Good Morning - One of my tenants put a six inch diameter X 3/4 inch deep " dent " in a brand new hollow core door. I want to fix the dent and bill the tenant for it. I am looking for a quick and cheap repair, since the next crew of knuckle dragging neanderthals will probably punch a hole into the same spot. No point in getting fancy in a rental. The dent only shows on one side of the door panel. The door is a plain, flat panel, which simplifies things.

I was thinking of experimenting with fast setting drywall mud. Not sure if it will stick.


You didn't tell us if the door is painted or wood faced. Assuming painted, as Brybo86 said, use 2 part wood filler. Two part wood filler is part epoxy, so it's pretty strong. If it's wood faced, just replace the door.

You can do two things to make it stick. One is to increase the surface area, but drilling a bunch of small holes in the dent, and roughing up the surface it adheres to. The second is drive a few screws in, leaving the screw head above the surface of the dent and below the surface of the door. Use a ruler or level straightedge to check this. The screw heads will give the filler something to grab on to.

One more thing. Another landlord strategy is to leave damage until the tenant moves out, and take it out of their deposit. However if it's a good tenant that pays on time and rarely damages things, you might want to fix it soon in order to keep them longer. It's a judgement call.
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#4499299 - 08/27/17 09:50 AM Re: Repairing dent in hollow core door [Re: Oldtom]
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Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4767
Loc: MA
It's about the same amount of work to mount a solid door than a hollow core door. Ultimately you didn't save any money. I just put in solid doors instead of bothering with hollow cores. Solid doors are about $100 at Home Depot and the hollow cores are about $35.

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#4499321 - 08/27/17 10:16 AM Re: Repairing dent in hollow core door [Re: Oldtom]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
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Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
As someone said drill some small holes in it and rough it up then use this an let it dry, finish with an orbital sander and 120 grit. It will last forever.

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#4499368 - 08/27/17 11:04 AM Re: Repairing dent in hollow core door [Re: Oldtom]
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Registered: 09/02/05
Posts: 5409
Loc: MIchigan
He said it's a 6" dent so I'll assume it's metal. Get a thin piece of sheet metal to cover dent and adhere with whatever you have on hand that will work. And apply bondo and blend....then paint.

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#4499377 - 08/27/17 11:13 AM Re: Repairing dent in hollow core door [Re: Oldtom]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2770
Loc: Wet side WA
The renter did it. Well that's easy I had rentals for over 20 years. You let them pay for a new door or you take it out of their damage deposit.
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#4499401 - 08/27/17 12:00 PM Re: Repairing dent in hollow core door [Re: Oldtom]
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Loc: South Central PA
Quick and cheap repair? Replace the door; a plain hollow-core door is $30... You'll have more than that invested in time to "repair" the old one.
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#4499618 - 08/27/17 05:09 PM Re: Repairing dent in hollow core door [Re: bioburner]
BigD1 Offline


Registered: 08/12/15
Posts: 2575
Loc: NC
Originally Posted By: bioburner
Get a piece of wall panel,cut and cover the whole door. Use panel adhesive to attach to the door and if you want it fancy, cut the panel undersize and get some molding to frame it. Time effective.
Spasm has the right idea with recycle. I know my local box store has a bargin bin full of scratch and dent doors for very cheap too. Most under $20


We use to cover them like that, but we would tack the panel down, and then take a router, and go around it to trim it. Then stain it, or paint it. In a big four bedroom apartment, some times all the doors would be damaged including the closet doors, so it was cheap and fast to fix the doors this way, and they looked good too.
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#4499643 - 08/27/17 05:36 PM Re: Repairing dent in hollow core door [Re: Oldtom]
danez_yoda Offline


Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 467
Loc: texas
Drill a small hole in the middle the spray some expanded ng foam in there to see if it will pop out. You might need to brace the other side so it doesnt bulge.

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