Well, the steps I did were to scrape the finish off with a heat gun,
then wipe the surface with a rag dipped in a liquid stripper (Kleen
Kutter) then sand. The surface looked almost as good as new.
I then primed with latex primer and painted with the latex top coat.
If your stripping a door, I imagine there will be nooks and crannies
not easily sanded or scraped, therefore I'd use stripper.
With regards to the actual finish you'll apply after doing all that,
others have also rendered good advise. Read it all and decide what
you need given your particular needs and circumstances.
I have a DeVilbiss high pressure sprayer, a couple touch up guns and a
Max, I see that you have a Q4. If you are still following this thread,
would you mind answering a few questions about it? If you do, I'll
post my email and we can do it offline if you prefer. Or here, it
Thanks for the info, Robert.
I know it's varnish because I applied it. The house has 5 exterior doors. I
sprayed them about 10 years ago with McCloskey's Marine varnish and they
really look good.
The one I want to paint the color of the house trim is at the back of the
(attached) garage. I'm not adverse to stripping the door but I didn't want
to if I didn't have to.
And I don't mind spending whatever I have to for a good finish. The paint
I used on the trim (Glidden Endurance) seems to be holding up very well.
I'm wondering about the durability of an oil based paint. What's your
Wipe it down with solvent to clean the foreign oils off and dewax it
(some people do wax the door)
Then wipe it down with denatured alcohol to get the last bit of
solvent off. Solvent leaves a residue.
Then sand it.
Then wipe it down with a damp sponge to get the dust off.
More denatured alcohol to get the water and water borne crap and the
dust you missed off.
Use a decent oil base primer to bite the sanded varnish and give the
latex a good bite.
Then two coats of latex. After a year or two, the latex may still be
stuck to the door or maybe not.
The door, unlike a wall, will get substantial abuse from kicking,
touching, licking (dogs, kids), staining, etc. Why not go with an
oil base paint the same color as the trim?
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