Removing Paint from Old Doors

Discussion in 'Painting Forum' started by Drohan, Jul 28, 2017.

Help Support House Repair Talk by donating using the link above.
  1. Jul 28, 2017 #1

    Drohan

    Drohan

    Drohan

    New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2017
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hello,

    Most of the doors in my home are old and painted white. The surface is very uneven and I am not sure if that's due to old chipped paint being painted over or if the door itself is damaged. I would like to remove the paint while still on the hinge and then repaint.

    Please lend your opinion on what is the culprit behind the doors surface being so uneven and if you have any suggestions to fix them up. Here's a sample from just one door in my home.

    Thanks for the help

    20170728_020122.jpg

    20170728_020117.jpg

    20170728_020134.jpg
     
  2. Jul 28, 2017 #2

    Sparky617

    Sparky617

    Sparky617

    Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2014
    Messages:
    916
    Likes Received:
    328
    I would take them to a professional furniture stripper if you can do without the doors for a week or two. We did this at my parent's house and the old raised panel doors came out great. We were able to stain and finish them with a clear finish instead of paint.

    If you want to try your hand at stripping them yourself get paint stripper. Don't try to sand this all off as it likely contains lead in some of the layers and you'll destroy some of the detailing.
     
    nealtw likes this.
  3. Jul 29, 2017 #3

    Snoonyb

    Snoonyb

    Snoonyb

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2006
    Messages:
    3,031
    Likes Received:
    533
    The damage near the lockset can be filled, however should not be attempted until the paint has been removed and the genera of the wood revealed.

    Because removers are liquid, they will soften wood and you'll need to be cautious with any tooling you employ, to avoid damage.
     
  4. Jul 31, 2017 #4

    chrisn

    chrisn

    chrisn

    Guest

    You are going to have to take them off and preferably outside or to the garage to do this properly
     
    joecaption likes this.
  5. Jul 31, 2017 #5

    joecaption

    joecaption

    joecaption

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2011
    Messages:
    2,083
    Likes Received:
    301
    The damage near the knob looks like a poor attempt at fixing some damage with some form of filler and not taking the time to sand it flat before painting.
    If there older than about the the 70's you may be dealing with lead paint and will need special handling if tested positive.
    There's lots of safe strippers on the market that can get off all those layers of paint, but I agree no way would I do it with them in place.
    There's Soy, Citrus, and brands like Peel Away.
    When I get stuck doing it I use saw horse like these,
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-Adjustable-Metal-Legs-Sawhorse-DWST11031/203040645
    With 2, 16', 2 X 4's sitting in those slots on the ends so I can work on at least 4 doors at a time.
    I like to lay a cheap plastic drop cloth over 2 X 4's before starting so I can reuse the wood and keep from getting stripper all over the saw horses.
     

Share This Page