Clark Hall Iron Doors
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Touch-Up Instructions

Doors are shipped in wood crates from Mexico and protected, but it is not uncommon for doors to suffer some minor scratches in shipping, uncrating, and installing. 

Note: These doors are hand-hammered wrought iron and a certain amount of marring or imperfection is to be expected. They are one-of-a-kind works of art and some of the marks add character and authenticity to the door.

Instructions for Minor Scratch Touch-Ups

Shake Touch-up Paint supplied with the door. Dab scratch with touch-up paint and let dry.


Instructions for Refinishing a Larger Section of an Iron Door

If there are dents, chips, or dings in the door, you may need to patch the area with automotive bondo. This type of repair should be performed by an individual who has experience working with bondo.

Contact Clark Hall Iron Doors for larger jar of finish paint.

Other Supplies Needed: Gin cloth, enamel medium paint reducer, metal primer, semi-flat black Krylon industrial aerosol spray paint, heavy duty latex gloves, steel wool, sandpaper, and bondo. Medium reducer can be purchased where automotive paint is available.

  1. Apply bondo and skim coat as necessary to the damaged area of the door. Let it thoroughly dry then sand, prime, and let dry.
  2. Apply flat black industrial Krylon as a base coat and let dry.
  3. Apply colored paint (provided by Clark Hall Iron Doors). Mix with the medium paint reducer. Note: This is not a science, so you mix to match – approximately 1 part paint with 9 parts reducer. Make sure to stir regularly.
  4. While wearing heavy-duty rubber gloves, dip the gin cloth into the paint and reducer mixture, wring out thoroughly, and pat dry with a dry cloth. Dab gin cloth onto a part of the door that will not be conspicuous to test the color. Note: Outside of jamb is typically a good place to test color. Let dry and then add paint or reducer for closest match and try again (the paint dries quickly so it shouldn't take long). Once the paint has been mixed to match the door the bondo area is ready for color paint.
  5. Tape off the area you are touching up with painter's tape, especially around the hinges. Dab the area with a very light coat (if you dab too much it will lift the black). Let dry and repeat as necessary.
  6. If additional blending of the treated area to the rest of the door is necessary, use some fine steel wool to blend it all together. Wipe and you are finished.

Instructions for Faux-Finishing brick moulding

  1. Apply semi-flat black industrial Krylon spray paint as a base coat and let dry.
  2. Apply colored paint (provided by Clark Hall Iron Doors). Mix with the medium paint reducer. Note: This is not a science, so you mix to match – approximately 1 part paint with 9 parts reducer. Make sure to stir regularly.
  3. While wearing heavy-duty rubber gloves, dip the gin cloth into the paint and reducer mixture, wring out thoroughly, and pat dry with a dry cloth. Dab gin cloth onto a section of test pvc or wood to test the color. Let dry and then add paint or reducer for closest match to the door and try again (the paint dries quickly so it shouldn't take long). Once the paint has been mixed to match the door the brick mould is ready for color paint. 
  4. Dab the brick mould with a very light coat (if you dab too much it will lift the black). Let dry and repeat as necessary.

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