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Old 01-17-2010, 02:42 PM   #1
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Is it possible to sand, stain and poly an old hollow core door?

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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

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Stain does not work well. The skin is luan (cheap grade plywood). You could get this effect using Minwax poly shades.
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New door is the easiest solution...
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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.
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color of stain? you may be able to sand and go over with a polyshade
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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.
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sounds doable, give it a shot you'll only be ot some labor and finish. seal with a sand and seal prestain
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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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