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Unread 04-03-2020, 08:00 AM   #1
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Interior door question

So for my first foray into an auction, I bought some Lincoln Masonite interior doors. I got a reasonable price for them. This includes closet doors.
I have 9 lincoln style doors.

Here is what the lincoln doors look like pic 1 - interior door line (sorry not a great pic)

But prior to this, I had purchased three other doors, similar style, nut without the line - interior door smooth. I have 3 of these.

Neither of these can be returned.

Would it be a good/bad idea to try and fill in the line on the Lincoln interior doors with some sort of filler? This will be so that they would be smooth (after sanding) and the same as the smooth slabs. My main concern is that the doors will be in constant use - closed/opened/change in weather, the filler would end up cracking (that is my speculation).
The line on the Lincoln interior doors runs runs from all of the corners in a vertical direction. The line is about 1/16 of an inch deep.

Just looking for advice. I might just have to either :
1) install anyway and hope no one notices the difference between the smooth and the lined ones
2) eat the money and buy more doors that are all the same
3) save the smooth doors for the basement if I ever reno it.
4) try and fill in the line

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Unread 04-03-2020, 08:18 AM   #2
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No texture at all on the doors?
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Unread 04-03-2020, 08:36 AM   #3
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Both are smooth masonite.
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Is the "line" at an actual joint in the masonite or just a groove simulating a joint?
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If you filled and sanded it, and it still cracked later, would you reuse it in the basement?

If so, what have you got to lose?
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Unread 04-03-2020, 09:01 PM   #6
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Why not groove the three smooth doors so they all match?

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If this is Masonite or any of the other similar MDF type material, its dimensionally stable and easily worked. Fill with drywall compound, sand smooth, prime, paint and forgetabotit!
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I'm with Wayne, groove the other doors. A small knife with a guide, maybe the spine of a folded piece of sandpaper to ease the edge if needed.
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I could never manage to groove it. Maybe a machine, but I couldn't. I would make an absolute mess of it. If there is a sure-fire way of grooving it, that would be great, please let me know

I have 8 doors to with grooves, so 8 doors to fill
I have 3 doors without grooves.
So if they start to crack, it isn't moving three doors to the basement, it would be 8.
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Post #4, David?

I'm still inclined to vote for your plan #1 in your opening post.
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Putty up the groove, sand them down, paint them. It’s a good idea to use latex putty with latex paint and oil base putty with oil base finishes.
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David, I've seen Tom Silva score doors to match watching This Old House. He literally takes his knife and uses a straight edge and scores the door.

I think a patch would do just fine as well.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/DAP-16-OZ-P...tch/1000555399
I used this on the exterior of my house and seems to be holding up very well.
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Fill , sand & paint sounds like the easier fix

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Are any of them closet doors? What about filling the inside of a closet door and see how it goes after a few months. At that point you'll know whether or not you can live with some doors one way and some another way, if the filling doesn't hold up.
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