A door jamb is so much more than just a frame to encase a door. It is a part of the door itself than can provide additional aesthetics apart from its ever important function. A dilapidated and worn down doorjamb can decrease the appeal of a door and can hamper the door from functioning the way it should. One way to ensure that a door is functioning well and looking great is by rehabilitating the door jamb through repair and repainting. This will ensure the durability of the wood as well. The best part about this is you can do it all by yourself. You need not spend a lot of money on labor because it is an easy job that anyone can do.
Prepare the materials. For this job, you will need to procure several items from your local hardware supply store. Purchase a gallon of glossy paint. Glossy paint is durable than most paints and provide a light reflecting effect. This can conceal minute damages and blemishes later on. Select the same color as your door or a color that compliments the door’s existing paint. You will need to purchase paint brushes, primer, putty, and fine-grit sand paper.
Remove the door. To start the process, remove the door from the frame or doorjamb. Unscrew the hinges and strike plate. Place the door and the metal parts on a table. Place a cloth or cardboard on the floor surrounding the whole door structure. This will protect your floor from any paint drip.
Clean and repair the doorjamb. Once the doorjamb is totally accessible, get a damp cloth and wipe down the doorjamb and trim. Make sure to scrub off any dirt and grime that has latched on over the years. If the wood used for the doorjamb has suffered a lot of abuse, then there will be gaps and holes in the wood. Get some putty and fill in the gaps. Use a putty knife to apply the putty. Make sure to smoothen it out. Sand the doorjamb down to ensure that there are no bumps and uneven patches on the wood. Uneven surfaces will show significantly when painted. Place masking tape on the edges of both sides of the doorjamb to protect the adjoining walls from the paint and primer.
Apply primer. Once you have completed the repairs and cleaning of the doorjamb, get a brush and apply one coat of primer. This will serve as the base of the paint. This will allow the paint to be properly absorbed by the wood despite dirt and dust on it. Start from the outer edges working your way inside. Let the primer dry completely before proceeding with the paint.
Start painting. Mix the paint as instructed on the paint can. Get a brush and start painting at the top of the doorjamb going down to the base. Make sure both sides are painted. Start with one coat. Let it dry for a couple of hours and then finish it with a second coat. Let the paint dry completely. This should take 24 to 48 hours for a complete dry.
Once the doorjamb is completely dry, reattach the hinges and strike plate. Make sure that it is screwed on firmly. The next task would be installing the door. Test out the function and make sure nothing gets stuck. It is vital that the paint is completely dried to avoid the paint sticking to the door.