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    Door painting

    I would like to paint my door with "shelek". Anybody can help?

    Currently, my main entrance's wooden door is painted with normal paint.
    No idea how to remove the paint and the procedure to repaint.

    hope i can get some help here.

    thanks

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    There is no way you can varnish with shellec since now your door is painted unless the reverse way

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    From what I know is you need to sand the door, shellec or wood dye the wood then varnish it. After dry another coat of varnish.

    I assume your door is wood else why use shellec Use medium coarse sand paper then fine sand paper.

    Dont repaint over the old paint... you will regret it.

    Not sure, try out in other wood furniture.

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    A newdoor is cheaper then the cost to remove the paint..

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanCheng
    A newdoor is cheaper then the cost to remove the paint..
    yup. moreover even if u can remove the paint, the left over will still make your new "shelek" looks ugly

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    Yeah too much hassle to strip paint, the last time I check, my wooden door if changed, RM180 w/o installing.

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    but the my door is 1.5 door,if u know what i meant! the cost of changing would be very expensive.

    i have checked, the cost of 0.5litre of paint remover is 40ringgit.not sure it is enough to remove all the paint or not. sigh!

    the cost of 1 litre of shellec is 30ringgit. i don't think it is enough also for 1.5door.

    m trying to save some money here to just DIY since everything is so expensive nowadays!

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    To remove gloss paint completely from any surface (door or whatever), you'd need to buy a can or 2 of "paint remover/stripper". This is a very corrosive and dangerous chemical to use and one MUST BE AWARE and knowledgeble to use this stuff. Besides, its highly suggested to remove the whole door to somewhere outside and away from anyone for a complete stripdown. Varnish is a translucent finish and suitable for application to unpainted surfaces. Any previous paint remnants will show up through the varnished surface and not look good. You could get away if you go through the long tedious process of stripdown, sanding till there's no paint remnants and then finish it with your desired varnish tint and clearcoat. I suppose it'll be more prudent to change the whole door with your desired surface finish and be done with it.

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    Thanks Bslee,

    i have bought paint remover. it cost me RM13 for a litre. ya, it is very dangerous to use. Too bad, i have already started with this "weekend project" so i don't think i want to change the entire front entrance door. it cost about 1.5k for a decent one.

    well, i believe, one must not give up half way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by termibait
    Thanks Bslee,
    well, i believe, one must not give up half way.
    I don't think you're taking down the door, so be cautious on doing it and take your time, don't rush the job.
    Good luck my friend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by termibait
    ...i have bought paint remover. it cost me RM13 for a litre. ya, it is very dangerous to use...
    Friend... paint strippers are corrosive and also can emit fumes... best you remove the door to your backlane or some place safe... and use that stripper.. otherwise you are looking at another headache... damaged/stained flooring ... and if I am not mistaken... 1 liter is not enough!

    Good luck...

    You can always buzz (PM) me for DIY books/manuals... got heaps at home...

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    Thank you. yes you are right. 1 litre is not enough. therefore, i chose the conventional method, manually stripping with a tool. in fact, my door's paint was painted twice,so the paint remover could not penetrate with one layer of thick browse. sigh.....

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    Buddy - if your door is of a flat surface... ie, NO PANELS. Best option is to use an Orbital sander... go through with 2-3 steps/levels [coarse/med/fine] of emery/sandpaper..... and then easily paint over...

    Need an Orbital sander..?? PM me...

    If got PANELS... best you buy a new door... less headache!

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    usj27resident is right.

    You need to sand down a few mils of the door to get to the natural wood surface. Coz even after u stripped the paint with the paint stripper, some oily old paint residue will still be absorbed inside the wood from the initial painting.

    The only way to get it nicely varnished to see the grains is to sand it down properly and fill up any blemishes or uneven surface then only u can get a flawless varnished wood finish....and that is provided u got a grade 1 wooden door to start with.

    If the wood surface beneath the paint is of 2nd or 3rd grade quality(which I suspect it is, if not why was it painted in the first place? ) u will end up with lots of 'eyes' or uneven grains on the wooden door.

    The easiest way to get a near-varnished-look is actually to paint it with wood colored paint, Nippon has some of these colors but u won't get the wood grain effects lor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJS
    If the wood surface beneath the paint is of 2nd or 3rd grade quality(which I suspect it is, if not why was it painted in the first place? ) u will end up with lots of 'eyes' or uneven grains on the wooden door....
    Actually, you're spot on... the VERY REASON why 'solid' wooden doors are painted... to HIDE the imperfections, fillings and the flaws...

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