OTTER INTERIORS
Carpenters and Joiners

Oxford, Abingdon, Wantage, Wallingford, Didcot and throughout Oxfordshire

1991- 2018
27  years in business

Interior and exterior doors

We supply and fit interior and exterior doors either with the materials supplied by the customer or we can offer our supply and fit service.

We normally use Howdens Joinery who are the UK’s largest manufacturer of and supplier of joinery items in the UK and when we make our first site visit we supply a catalogue of doors and ironmongery alternately their stock can be viewed at www.howdens.com .

We always use three fire rated hinges on external doors and have Trend router technology for cutting letter boxes. The mortise locks we fit all meet the relevant British Standards for insurance purposes.

Once fitted the door needs to be properly decorated as soon as possible and we would advise the use of a professional painter and decorator.      

If you decide to decorate yourself or employ some one we suggest the following:  

Remove the handles.



Lightly sand the door and apply shellac knotting to all the knots, this will stop any resin leeks in the future.







Once the knotting is dry using a two pack filler to fill any gaps in knots and any blemishes, the filler should be hard in approximately 20 minutes and sand back using 60 and then 80 grit sandpaper.
When you are happy with the finish apply a coat of primer, like anything you get what you pay for with paint and I would suggest Dulux Trade or one of the other major brands.

It is very important that the top and bottom of the door is painted, if not sealed the end grain can suck up moisture which causes the door to swell, this is why they usually rub at the top or the bottom.
Water based paint should be dry in around 3 hours (it will say on the tin) and fill any small blemishes using a fine surface filler, once dry sand back and apply two coats of undercoat (consult the manufacturers recommendation  for drying times) including the top and bottom.