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Old 12-20-2010, 03:10 PM   #1
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My old doors and their 12 layers of paint....


I love our old house. It's from 1930.

Unfortunately..... the age of the house means someone thought it was fun to paint the doors.

I can't even accurately determine how many layers there are, but I can count at least 4 or 5. In reality it's probably closer to 10. Because of it being layer on top of layer, the paint is chipping off where the door meets the trim.

I'd really hate to get rid of these doors because they are so nice and solid, but it's starting to look like crap.

I considered ripping out the door and the frame and starting from scratch but I wanted to get your feedback on trying to save the doors.

Stripping it seems like it would be a pain unless you can send them out. Now ... figuring the house is 80 yrs old I think i'ts a somewhat safe assumption that AT LEAST half of those layers have lead in them. Can you have them sandblasted or media blasted? Will people even thouch that with the chance of lead?

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Old 12-20-2010, 05:11 PM   #2
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Pete, I think the best option is sending them out to a local refinisher.......someone who has a dipping tank.......those layers may come off fairly easily in the tank. I have stripped doors with multiple layers of paint and it is indeed no picnic, but it can be done if you have a safe place to do it preferably an old barn or garage where you can vent the fumes. Perhaps give it a shot on ONE door and see how it goes. Anyway, best of luck. It would be nice to save those vintage doors!

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Old 12-20-2010, 11:15 PM   #3
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A palm sander and a few sheets of sand paper will do wonders.
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You can try this product: http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/paintstrip.htm
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:46 AM   #5
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A palm sander and a few sheets of sand paper will do wonders. Yeah, I'm with Mathew. My house is 1913 and that's exactly what I did last year on a bathroom door. It looks beautiful.
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A palm sander and a few sheets of sand paper will do wonders. Yeah, I'm with Mathew. My house is 1913 and that's exactly what I did last year on a bathroom door. It looks beautiful.
Just because homeowners don't have to follow the same rules, it is probably not the best advise to just start sanding away at if you are unsure about lead in the paint.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDh46...layer_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEJvt...eature=related

Be sure to test them for lead.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ai5_...eature=related
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:00 AM   #7
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Either take them to someone who has a dip tank or you can strip them, just do one or two at a time. Take them down and set up a place in the garage on sawhorses.

I would not sand them unless you want to poison yourself and family.
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:41 AM   #8
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OK, so we have:

A: Have them "dipped" - going to inquire around locally and see if I can get some prices on that.

B: Paint stripper: I almost like this idea better, I did this with one of my old windows and used a water based stripper and it actually came out great.

C: Sand it. Going to go ahead and pass on this. Going to also pass on the lead test ... given the age of the house I don't believe there's a chance it has lead in it - I believe it's a certainty.


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