I am in the process of replacing a couple interior hollow core doors.
After cutting to the proper length, drilling the lockset holes,
cutting the hinge mortises and light sanding I was ready to stain the
After I applied the stain I was able to see a couple large residual
finger prints that were not visible until I had stained the door.
Unfortunately with the thin veneer I was only able to sand about half
of the finger prints out before I started to sand through the veneer.
When I get the replacement door for the replacement door is there
something short of wearing gloves that I can do to ensure there will
be no ugly surprises when I apply the stain?
Still a chance't you can salvage if you strip the area as best can with
solvent-based stripper and use solvent to then try to also strip the
oils of the prints...But, if it is "just" a hollow-core, may be as cheap
to replace as the stripper and effort.
Use the solvent on rag as a wash before staining next time; it'll a)
remove the oils of any such latent prints, and, more importantly, b)
highlight such things (including scratches, etc., ...) before you
actually take the plunge w/ any finish coats/stains/etc., ...
It is "just" a hollow core door so the effort to save it would be more
than the cost of a new one. I will definitely use solvent on a rag to
clean the next one prior to staining.
This is actually the second replacement door that got trashed. We
don't need to talk about what I did to the veneer on the first one
while using a chisel to remove the glue from the inside of the veneer
after cutting down the height of the door. My lips are closed.
On Sat, 4 Jul 2015 20:52:20 +0000 (UTC), John McCoy
The finger prints were not prints per se, but as if you were to put
your hand flat on a surface and press down with your finger tip while
sliding your hand across that surface. They closely resembled how and
where I remember my hand moving while trying to flip the door over.
I will begin adding the process of wiping down projects with solvent
prior to staining after this.
I know I didn't use too much finger pressure while sanding because I
either used a sanding block or my ROS. Besides the "prints" were
across the grain not with the grain so that was definitely not the
issue. I know I wasn't doing any shade tree mechanic work at the time
so that wasn't the culprit either. I've never had this problem before
either and I have stained many projects in the past.
It is possible, maybe even probable, that this occurred during
shipment from the manufacturer to my lumber yard or from there to my
They very well may not be your finger prints... I've seen store workers and
delivery men use very dirty gloves and hands while handling materials... and
have even had boot prints on trim and doors. One time my wife accepted a
delivery and I came home to find a rusty gloved hand print on my table saw
top and wet dirty hand prints all over the n-grade trim... the guy
apparently used the saw for balance as they brought 16' long trim stock into
the shop. Ugh...
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