Planing swollen doors... do I need to paint right away?

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The last week I've had 4 different outside doors all swell and stick. They were all painted and I've obviously lost the paint planing them to close... is it important to repaint immediately to prevent the exposed wood absorbing more moisture? It's really not a great time of year for painting but I can't not plane the doors, equally if they swell further they might end up stuck!
 
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Better to leave them without paint for now, until the dryer weather, unless they are actual getting wet and need protection.
 
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Ta. Will it make much difference to how quickly they absorb further water?

It will make a lot of difference to actual water absorption, if they are in a wet situation, not much difference if you mean absorption of moisture from the air.
 
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It will make a lot of difference to actual water absorption, if they are in a wet situation, not much difference if you mean absorption of moisture from the air.
I think this is general atmospheric moisture, the bits in question (shouldn't) ever get direct water on them. Well, they were when they wouldn't shut but they still had paint on them :)
I thought I'd got away with it as they were stable until a week back. Then winter properly arrived :)
 
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I think this is general atmospheric moisture, the bits in question (shouldn't) ever get direct water on them. Well, they were when they wouldn't shut but they still had paint on them :)

Timber doors always swell up, in colder, wetter weather. If they are not actually subject to wet or damp, then leave them until the summer to paint, once they are at their driest, and you are sure they will not need further adjustment.
 
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Timber doors always absorb moisture from the atmosphere and swell in wet weather as can timber door frames and even studwork if they aren't covered or painted. The less the timber is sealed the faster it tends to move IMHO. So if you plane a door in you should seal the fresh edges with something. In the absence of anything else I use boiled linseed oil, but I also take the time to seal the top and bottom edges of doors before swinging them, as well (both are often missed by joiners and decos alike)
 
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