Sliding doors are a great way to save space. They use rollers to move side to side instead of having to swing open like a traditional door. Most closets with sliding doors will have two for each door way. One slides in front and one slides behind the other one when yo open them. You just need a few tools and a couple minutes in order to be able to remove your closet sliding doors for maintenance such as paints or patching.
Determine The Reason
Before you get started you should know why you are removing the doors. If you need to paint them make sure that you go ahead and pick out the paint so that you can begin once the doors are down. If you need to patch a hole in the door then it is important to have those supplies as well. Repairing a hole will call for a bit of time, work, and tools than painting your door will.
Use your screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the bottom track in its place. You will then be able to tilt back a little, then pull it towards you in order to remove it. The bottom is used just for guidance and the wheels are at the top of the trap.
Loosen Wheel Adjustment
Now, loosen the screws for the wheel adjustment on the top of the first door, on the inside. This will allow the door to slightly lower and create a little gap between the top rail and the top of your door.
Final Steps To Removal
Finally grasp new the bottom of the door, while holding both sides of it. Pull out the bottom just slightly, at an angle of around 10 degrees. Now, push it up so that they wheels will release from the track itself. You should now be able to pull the door away and remove it from the closet.
You will need to repeat the same steps for the second door that you have. Once the doors are removed you are ready to paint or repair.
Painting Sliding Closet Doors
If you removed the doors to paint now is the time to do that. You should start by sanding down the doors to remove the old paint and give a bit of texture for the new paint to stick to. Don't over sand the doors.
When you have finished sanding you can apply a primer. Apply to one side, let dry, then apply to the other side and let dry. Always prime and paint with the wood grain of the door. Also, check as your prime and paint for any drips or pooling so that you can fix it before it dries that way.
When the primer is dry completely you will be ready for your first coat of paint. You can use a paint spray or a roller to evenly get the paint on. You will likely need two to three coats of paint. Remember to paint the door, wait for it to dry, then flip and paint the other side.
Don't forget the sides of the doors and the top and bottom. You may also find that it is easier to remove the hardware from the door for painting than it is to tape the hardware to avoid getting paint on it, but you can use whichever method works best for you.
Fixing A Hole
Sometimes doors get damaged. If somethings happened to cause a hole in your door the repair process isn't too complicated. The first thing you need to do is remove any bits that are sticking out from the hole. Once you have completed this you can use sand paper to sand down the rough edges. Use a towel to wipe the dust away. Now, using alcohol or another cleaner that is non-residual clean the area you need to patch.
If the core is hollow you will want to place a filler such as paper towels inside the hole. Place it just below the hole, out of sight. Now you can fill up the hole using an insulation foam spray. Allow the insulation time to dry and cut away any excess that remains.
If the damage was shallow then you can use car bondo or even spackle to fill in the damage. Bondo will give you a finish that is hard but you need to remember that it dries very fast and will not be as forgiving as the spackle is.
If your door has a texture to it right before the area is dry you can lightly etch in a bit of texture to help it match the rest of the door. Now, use a fine grit sand paper to lightly sand the area. Once you have finished sanding you should use a clean cloth to wipe the area.
Now look at the repair if you aren't happy with it you can apply a layer of spackle and work at it until you are happy with the finished product. Once you are happy you can paint the patched area to match the rest of the door. Some people would rather repaint the whole door and if you want to do this then you can use the steps above for painting the full door.
Rehang The Doors
Once you have finished your task you can put the doors back in place. To do this use the screwdriver and the hardware that you removed earlier. Place the door back on the track and tighten everything back down.
Make sure that the doors smoothly open and close. Now that the doors are sliding back and forth on the track nicely you are finished and can put away your tools.