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Apply one coat of direct to metal primer and two coats of direct to metal paint to all interior and exterior surfaces of the steel or hollow metal door, door jamb, trim and glazing compounds.

Replace or incorporate weatherstripping into steel or hollow metal door unit if specified.

Clean steel or hollow metal door glass and complete any punch items submitted by architect/owner.

Following the Secretary of the Interior's "Standards for Rehabilitation", Leeds Clark, Inc. has developed a turn-key historic steel (metal) door restoration service based on tested and proven methodologies and restoration products. With over 40+ years experience, Leeds Clark, Inc. is confident that no other firm will rate as high in timely completion and within budget, while providing the craftsmanship and expertise expected in historic steel (metal) door restoration. Below is the preferred methodology and specifications Leeds Clark, Inc. incorporates into its historic steel (metal) door restoration projects:

Priming, Painting, and Weatherstripping of

Steel (Metal) Window Doors & Door Jambs

Chemical Stripping of

Steel (Metal) Doors & Door Jambs 

Sand and Prep Component Pieces and Hardware of

Steel (Metal) Doors & Door Jambs

Repair minor damage and deterioration on steel or hollow metal doors or door jambs with epoxy/patching compound to fill voids, pitting, and other imperfections.

Sand and prep steel or hollow metal doors and door jambs to smooth, flat appearance.

Restore and reuse existing steel or hollow metal door hardware and provide new steel or hollow metal door hardware to match where existing is damaged of missing.

Lubricate all operable steel or hollow metal door parts and adjust for smooth operation.

Reglaze Glass and Apply Int./Ext. Sealants of

Steel (Metal) Doors & Door Jambs

Repair and/or Replace Component Pieces of

Steel (Metal) Doors & Door Jambs

Restore historic steel or hollow metal doors and door jambs in place, unless doors or door jambs are to receive new component pieces because of damage, delamination, or severe rusting. Remove existing finish paint coatings, glazing compounds, and exterior sealants to bare metal using neutral PH based chemical paint stripper.

As of April 22, 2010, a new law governing renovations that contain lead paint became effective. Aimed at protecting against lead-based paint hazards, the EPA’s new rule applies anytime a lead paint surface is disturbed by renovation or painting projects, including repairs, maintenance, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, demolition, and window restoration/replacement. The rule also requires renovation firms to be certified by the EPA, and that they assign at least one EPA Certified Renovator to the job to ensure that lead-safe work practice standards are observed. Leeds Clark Inc. is an "EPA Certified Firm", and both Tom & Chris Clark are "EPA Certified Renovators". Go to for additional information about the new EPA rule and other Lead Programs. Leeds Clark, Inc. is not a licensed or insured asbestos abatement contractor.

During the chemical stripping stage of the steel or hollow metal door restoration, the architect/owner will have decided whether as much of the historic glass will be salvaged, or the existing glass will be broken out and replaced with a specified glass.

Having decided whether to salvage and reuse historic glass or replace with new glass specified, remove all scratched, broken, or missing glass from steel or hollow metal doors, and reinstall salvaged old glass, install new glass to match existing, or incorporate IG, Low-e, etc...

Reglave all steel or hollow metal door units with specified glazing compounds.

Apply specified exterior sealants to all steel or hollow metal door sills and gaps between all steel or hollow metal door frames and surrounding masonry.

Allow adequate time for the curing of all glazing compounds and exteriors sealants on steel or hollow metal door openings, prior to the application of finish paint.

Remove rust and delaminated metal from steel or hollow metal doors and jambs back to sound material.

Repair moderately damaged and deteriorated steel or hollow metal door components by welding or brazing new steel or hollow metal component pieces to existing steel or hollow metal doors or door jambs.

Grind exposed welds smooth, inspect welded connections and fasteners, and replace damaged or stripped fasteners on steel or hollow metal doors or door jambs.

Steel (Metal) Door Restoration

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