I have just received a painted solid core door to replace a stained
wood-faced hollow core door. But the grey-brown paint on the solid
core door doesn't match the wood stain on the casing and the trims in
the room. Moreover, that grey-brown color is ugly. The dark brown
color in the original wood stain looks much nicer and has more depth.
What's the way to paint over it to match the color to the original
wood stain as close as possible?
If the painting technique is too difficult to get right, what is the
way to convert a hollow core door into a solid core door?
Don't paint it.... Gel stain it... the gel stain will just
"sit there" and do very little staining but when dried, will
resemble the "stained look" you had earlier.
The only way to convert is called "new purchase"....
Jay Chan wrote:
Strip off the paint? Then you take a chance on what's underneath. Or you could
try a "fake" graining technique as in http://www.ugl.com/H2Staingrainframe.html
The tool is readily available, but apparently it takes some practice...
Jay Chan wrote:
You can buy wood-graining kits which attempt to simulate woodgrain.
Normally these consist of the background colour, a grain colour, and a
special tool for applying the grain effect while the grain coat is still
wet. In my experience they are completely unconvincing and look crap.
I'd say that you'd be better off veneering the door, if you want it to look
You can't convert a hollow cored door to a solid core. Not easily, anyway!
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firstname.lastname@example.org (Jay Chan) wrote in message
I think the best way to convert to solid core is to take all of your
sawdust, mixt it with glue, and use a cajun injector to fill in the
On a serious note, if you want to simulate the wood grain, you can use
the technique described here:
Please note that I'm not condoning this. Please note that this is
coming from one of those "Craft" shows on DIY. Personally, if it were
me and I bought the door, I'd return it. If it was a freebie, I would
buy a belt sander and go to town to get down to the wood grain.
Thanks for all the responses I have received.
Seem like I cannot convert a hallow core door into solid, and the
paint-a-wood-grain idea is iffy. Moreover the painted door has already
come with fake wood grain on it. But I "may" be able to put stain gel
on it. I will have to investigate on the use of stain gel.
On 14 May 2004 19:01:11 -0700, email@example.com (Jay Chan) wrote:
if the fake wood grainon it now is embossed into the surface you maybe
able to use it to do an interesting 2 color effect. pick 2 colors of
paint that work with the color scheme of the room's trim. the colors
should be not TOO different from each other...
paint the door with the darker color, making sure to get good coverage
down in all of the nooks and crannies. thin the lighter color and
apply it lightly with a sponge
The keyword you're looking for is "faux". There are faux techniques for
woodgraining--how convincing they are depends on how skilled the painter
is. Since you're never done it before, odds are that you're not going to
be very convincing.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
I understand what you meant. I just saw a TV show called "This Old
Hourse Classic" that has a pro using various technique with regular
tools to get a very good looking wood grain effect on a metal door.
This looks very like an artistic work than a DIY project. Moreover, my
painted door already comes with fake wood grain. That artistic
technique is not going to work on the existing fake wood grain. I will
have to experiment with stain gel and the use of the two-colors
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