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aumanpj 01-17-2010 02:42 PM

Hollow Core Doors
 
Is it possible to sand, stain and poly an old hollow core door?

tpolk 01-17-2010 02:45 PM

whats on it now. paint? lottsa paint? they are pretty cheap, redily available so starting new time wise is cheaper. The skin on them is usualy thin at best. I would say try the sanding then come back when you get the new door and need help installing :thumbsup:

Bob Mariani 01-17-2010 03:19 PM

Stain does not work well. The skin is luan (cheap grade plywood). You could get this effect using Minwax poly shades.

bjbatlanta 01-17-2010 03:33 PM

New door is the easiest solution...

aumanpj 01-17-2010 03:55 PM

the door is currently stained - I don't think it has poly. I know it sounds easier to put a new door on, but that's actually more of a production for me. I'll do it if I have to... I'm just wondering how able this door is to take a sand and new stain and poly.

tpolk 01-17-2010 03:58 PM

color of stain? you may be able to sand and go over with a polyshade

aumanpj 01-17-2010 04:08 PM

It is currently stained in provincial. I'm looking to sand the whole door and stain again - one side in espresso and one side in provincial - then poly all.

tpolk 01-17-2010 04:25 PM

sounds doable, give it a shot you'll only be ot some labor and finish. seal with a sand and seal prestain

vsheetz 01-17-2010 04:45 PM

Agreed - go for it - if it does not turn out well, then go for a new door. If you have to go with a new door, you will have gotten experience and practive from the original door.

aumanpj 01-17-2010 05:42 PM

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Originally Posted by tpolk (Post 384605)
sounds doable, give it a shot you'll only be ot some labor and finish. seal with a sand and seal prestain

what do you mean seal with a sand and seal prestain? Can you recommend one? I was planning to use my existing stain and old masters satin poly. Should I not use the poly? Does the sand and seal prestrain add color? I'm looking to match the espresso and provincial stain I've used elsewhere in the house and I don't want to discolor it.

pyper 01-17-2010 07:45 PM

I'd give it a try, but you might want a plan B. It might not be practical to remove all the old stain through sanding -- depending on how deeply the original stain penetrated.

If you can get it down to bare wood, then just follow the instructions on the cans.

tpolk 01-18-2010 06:42 AM

if you get to raw wood or only get down to the stain the sand and seal should help your new stain go on evenly. talk to the guys at a paint store

Bob Mariani 01-18-2010 06:47 AM

on raw wood you first use a pre-stain if the wood is soft. (and this wood is) This will even out the levels that the stain sinks in. Thus you get a less blotchy stain job. Then you apply the stain. Now the stain needs to be sealed.... so next you use a sealer. Then sand and clean. Then two top cost of poly

aumanpj 01-18-2010 07:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Mariani (Post 384885)
on raw wood you first use a pre-stain if the wood is soft. (and this wood is) This will even out the levels that the stain sinks in. Thus you get a less blotchy stain job. Then you apply the stain. Now the stain needs to be sealed.... so next you use a sealer. Then sand and clean. Then two top cost of poly

Can you recommend a sealer to use? I've never used a sealer before.

Bob Mariani 01-18-2010 10:26 AM

use the same brand from the manufacturer of the poly you select. These work best this way. If you cannot find one thin the poly with thinner about 30% and use this as a sealer.


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