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A common problem afflicting garage doors is deterioration of the bottom panel. Such deterioration occurs due to a number of reasons, but the continual presence of moisture is a key cause. Steel rusts if kept wet and inadequately protected. This results in an unsightly door that is vulnerable to continued deterioration, and it may also force the homeowner to replace the bottom panel well before the end of the door's useful lifespan. However, homeowners can intervene by repairing deterioration and using bottom seal retainers to cover old damage and prevent new problems. Below is how you can make these repairs yourself:
Tools and materials needed
C-channel bottom seal retainer - this aluminum part holds the bottom panel's lower seal in place, and it also serves to protect and strengthen this vulnerable area of the door. Purchase a C-channel retainer to provide the most protection and to disguise damage. Be sure the retainer width is suitable for your door's thickness and that it is in the length required for your door.
Seal suitable for use with retainer chosen
Electric drill with 1/8th-inch bit
Sheet metal screws, size #10, 1-inch length
Angle grinder with 120-grit flap disc
Lightweight auto body filler with spreader
Metal enamel in a matching color
1. Remove old seal - many garage door installers mount the bottom seal directly to the door, and this seal will need to be removed before proceeding. Raise the garage door to a comfortable working height of approximately 3 to 4 feet above the ground. Clamp a pair of locking pliers on one rail immediately beneath the garage door to prevent the door from accidentally lowering, and disconnect the opener arm from the door by pulling the emergency release cable. With a screwdriver, remove the screws holding the bottom seal in place and pull the seal away from the bottom. Use a utility knife to remove all caulk, pieces of old seal, and other debris still remaining attached to the bottom of the door.
2. Prepare the bottom panel for painting - locate the rusted spots on or near the bottom of the garage door and remove them using the angle grinder and flap disc; be careful not to sand too deep and erode a hole through the thin sheet metal. Also, be sure to wear eye protection to guard yourself from flying pieces of metal and rust. After sanding, wipe the area with a damp cloth and allow it to air dry.
If there are any deep pits or holes in the door after sanding, then fill them using an automotive body filler. Spread and smooth the filler so that it blends with the surface of the door panel. Allow the filler to dry completely and sand it smooth to match the door panel with fine-grit sandpaper. Wipe away sanding dust with a clean tack cloth.
3. Paint the bottom panel - once the panel is prepared, use a foam brush to paint it in a matching color with metal enamel. If necessary, paint multiple coats to thoroughly cover the areas you repaired in step 2. Allow the paint to dry before moving to the next step.
4. Install the C-channel seal retainer - slide the seal retainer into place over the bottom of the garage door and temporarily secure it with duct tape if it doesn't stay in place on its own. Drill ⅛-inch holes every 2 feet along the length of the center of the bottom of the door; be sure the drill bit penetrates the retainer and underlying door. Insert #10 sheet metal screws into the retainer and screw them through it and into the door until they are tight. Though optional, you can also paint the seal retainer using the same enamel unless you wish to keep the natural aluminum finish.
5. Install the bottom door seal and finish the job - after installing the retainer and allowing the paint to dry, if applicable, the new door seal should slide easily into the grooves on the retainer. It can also be easily removed in the future should it become worn and need replacing. Finally, reattach the door to the opener arm and remove the locking pliers from the rail.
If you have trouble completing the above steps, or if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact a garage door repair company online at a site like http://planooverhead.com.