I’m installing a deadbolt lock that swings across and the latch has to be flush to the door. This trim is extra wide so I had to cut into it so the lock will catch the latch. I’ve purchased epoxy wood putty I was going to smooth it out with and paint. Is this the best solution or what’s best to smooth out the edges and inside parts before paint? There’s wood and drywall in the hole.

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Here’s pictures of the parts: (https://i.stack.imgur.com/N9qOU.jpg)

Here’s the latch in the space: (https://i.stack.imgur.com/72ABk.jpg)

Here’s what it will look like once installed: (https://i.stack.imgur.com/7Y3N0.jpg)

Just need to make the pieces next to the latch look nice then paint before attaching latch

The reason I’m using this lock is for a pool enclosure, it must be a bolt or chain type, 6 ft high. The door has to be safe from kids exiting the house toward the pool, not for home security.

This specific lock is smart home compatible so I can have it auto lock the latch when the door is locked and auto unlocked when a keypad is pressed on the outside it will unlock both locks.

I can install it I just want to finish the space inside the hole so all the wood and drywall isn't so rough inside the latch part.

  • You should add a picture with the added parts in question in place or held up close so people can see why it was necessary to remove trim in the first place and speculate on the best way to finish. Wood putty is good for small gaps and cracks, but for wider gaps or where strength is required it may be better to use a fibreglass reinforced resin fillter like Bondo.
    – K H
    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:23

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Best way to finish off the surfaces is with a rasp file similar to the one below. It has a flat and a curved surface with two different grades of coarseness: rough and fine.

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Keep in mind that I'm old school. You might find any of the rotary tolls available today to be a better, faster way to smooth out that area and they do work great.

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