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It can definitely be repaired, it would need extensive spackling, most likely with 2 part Bondo, then sended primed and painted.
this is something that should not take more than 6-8 hours in total, obviously it does require some skill.
The picture shows the door is stained wood. The wood is repairable but the door will have to be painted or the repairs will be visible.
Do you know if the estimate from Home Depot was to replace the entire door assembly or just the (door(s)?). If they estimated the cost including removal and replacement of door jambs, threshold, and door trim, then an alternative that could cost less would be to replace the door slabs only and keep the existing jambs and trim.
Its painted; go to hardware store. Buy spackle and sand paper. Sand it down, spacke the scrapes. Sand the spackle. Repeat again, though after this spackle prime the door. Then spackle and prime and paint. You are looking at spackle 3 or more times, priming it more than once and then paitning two coats. Alot of work. But less expensive than a new door.
The picture of the door looks to have polyurethane applied. If this is the case, that’s most likely an oil based finish. If you are trying to apply a latex base interior paint it will not work unless the finish is completely stripped off.
With out physically seeing this myself I can only speculate this to be the issue. The proper tradesmen to contact would be a Painter.
Thank you for inquiring with Ferris Home Improvements but unfortunatley this is not in our scope of work. Feel free to contact us with any questions or future projects. Have a great afternoon
Typicaly most repairs are noticable and replacement it best. If you simply need to cove the hole and this is a typical way you keep puppy indoors, you may consider purchasing a piece of metal to cover the hole and prevent more damage. Home Depot #800537 is a quick idea.
As with the previous comments, you can use sandpaper to smooth out some of the damage, but be sure to rub the scratches along the grain of the wood. Next, apply mineral spirits (these are solvents made from paint thinner and petroleum) over the sanded area. Spread on wood filler with a Spackle knife to the damaged parts and allow it to dry as per the filler’s directions. After the wood filler has dried, lightly sand the area once again and brush away any dust before priming and painting your door.
While the image shows damage to the inside of your door, your pet may try scratching on the outside of door and its weather stripping in an attempt to be let inside. In order to prevent future damage to that part of your door, you can add a piece of vinyl lattice that matches the color of your doorframe. Cut the lattice to the length of the doorjamb. Place it over your foam weather stripping. Check to see that your door continues to close properly. Use finishing nails every foot to tack the vinyl lattice securely in place. A small amount of spackling will cover up the nail heads. Now the lattice will protect your weather stripping from further damage.
The right type of door for your home can make a huge difference. We install ProVia doors and they offer DuraGuard Series Storm Doors, which are ideal for keeping pets safely inside with their non-removable stainless steel screening.
Best of luck with your dog and your door repair!
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