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I painted s front exterior door and now it's stuck closed. how do i fix it?

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Use a putty knife (not a sharp utility knife). It is most likely stuck along the surface of the door that faces the street where the door hits the "stop". (The stop is the narrow strip all around the door frame that the door hits when it is completely closed.) Slide the putty knife between the door and the stop all along the edge closest to the doorknob and across the top. (This isn't easy and may take considerable force.) Don't worry about the hinge side. (This will mess up the paint a bit, but lesson learned - don't close the door until dry next time.) If you are really unlucky, the door was also a tight fit along it's edge before you painted it. (The edge of the door is the surface of the door that is only about an inch and a half wide.) If you painted that, and it's stuck there, it may be impossible you are going to have a heck of a time getting a putty knife in there and you may have to force the door open with a prybar between the front of the door and the stop. Good luck.

Posted on Aug 05, 2010

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Well, first you have to get it open, get the stuck paint cleaned up, then remove some wood so that you can paint it without it hitting the jamb, or was it stuck to the stop? Anyway, when it dries, rub a bar of soap on there, it won't stick again. Hope this helps.

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