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Todd82TA
Refinishing an old door... not sure what I'm getting myself into...

Hi! I wanted a classy newer door for this 1983 home I'm renovating in North East San Antonio, and I found this solid core wood door from the Habitat for Humanity Home Center. I only paid about $50 bucks for it but it's going to require a lot of work. There are no other doors around like it. Problem is, someone painted the front red... seemed to be the thing that people did in the 1990s. I'd like to remove all the paint, take it down to bare wood, and re-stain it... perhaps with a mahogany stain. 

If you guys don't mind, please take a look at the pictures and tell me what I'm getting myself into. I assume I have to get some paint stripper, but what else do I need to do? How do I strip the paint through all the nooks and crannies and everything else. 

Second, how do I get the old glazed stain off the other side? Is that something I can do? Do I do it the same way as stripping the paint?

 

Thanks!!!

 

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HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Refinishing an old door... not sure what I'm getting...

Hi Todd,

You use paint stripper in the nooks like you would use it on any other part of the door. The issue is having the correct tools to remove the paint from all the small areas. I found a great set of paint stripping tools and scrappers online. Some are triangular shaped, some pointed, some round, some square. They work really well. I also found some wonderful stripper that can be used on just about anything that you need removed. It is called "Soy Gel" Go online and ready about it. It has no oder, it can be used indoors, totally enviromentally safe, will encompass lead paint molecules. It is great on almost anything. I have used it on multiple projects, even to remove stubborn wallpaper paste that was 125 years old.

You will do a lot of sanding also. Just do not use sand paper that too rough for the wood. Determine what type of wood the door is made, or covered with, and go from that.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Todd82TA
Re: Refinishing an old door... not sure what I'm getting...
HandyAndyInMtAiry wrote:

Hi Todd,

You use paint stripper in the nooks like you would use it on any other part of the door. The issue is having the correct tools to remove the paint from all the small areas. I found a great set of paint stripping tools and scrappers online. Some are triangular shaped, some pointed, some round, some square. They work really well. I also found some wonderful stripper that can be used on just about anything that you need removed. It is called "Soy Gel" Go online and ready about it. It has no oder, it can be used indoors, totally enviromentally safe, will encompass lead paint molecules.

 

Hi Andy! Thanks! I'll check out Soy Gel! I'll have to read the instructions, but how much time would you say I'd be allowed to leave it on?

The door is totally solid, no laminant on it!

Is there a specific name for those types of wood stripping tools? Nothing is really coming up. 

 

 

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Refinishing an old door... not sure what I'm getting...

HI Todd,

This is what I was referring to and use for my delicate paint stripping tools:

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/setof3shavehooks.aspx

With the stripper, just follow the instructions. I have let it stay on for a couple minutes, up to over night. It does not hurt the wood. I also use just about anything I can think of to get into the tiny areas, brass brush, toothbrush, cotton swab,toothpicks, sticks, kitchen utinsels. You name it, I have tried to use to strip paint and other materials.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Todd82TA
Re: Refinishing an old door... not sure what I'm getting...

Awsome, THANK YOU!!!

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