The Door Dilemma

Posted 4 years ago

So as some of you might know my family moved last year. This move included much reno including but not limited to ripping out and replacing the kitchen, tub surround, and vanity. We also replaced the furnace had the house rewired blew in more insulation and have ordered windows. Pretty much everything you can do without ripping down walls. Then there was the endless painting. In our house I am the painter, not because I love doing it but because I am good at it. But I will let you in on a little secret, I dont like painting. Especially after 3 weeks of it. I was done done done with it and then we planed the doors down.  You see if you went into one of the bedrooms and closed the door you could not get out again as it would get so stuck. So my  mom came over with her electric planer got to work and the paint went flying.  Thick layers of paint were coming off the door with nothing but a putty knife to remove it on the frame part. The recessed panel was fine on some but the rest had to go. By now the carpet is in so I am left to take each door off its hinges peel of the paint, sand, prime with oil and paint. The problem? Years ago someone obviously painted laytex over oil and did not prime it properly. So their laziness has lead to my headache. If you should encounter this here is a photographic play by play of how I fixed my doors!

This is the doors after it was planed before we did any removing, it chipped off that easy.

 Paint removal. I used in my arsenal  a putty knife for most areas, a paint scraper and heat gun for tougher spots and a utility knife.

After this you will need to sand the heck out of it and I suggest a electric sander for this. Something like a mighty mouse. I ended up priming with “Ordorless” Oil Based Stain Blocking Primer and Painting with Benjamin Moore Aura Satin Paint in Ultra White for a top coat.

Also at the end I cleaned off all the brass items using a wicked slow cooker idea I saw at The Family Handyman. They warned this method can stain your cooker. So I went to my local charity thrift shop and bought the cheapest oldest crock pot that was there. I spent a whopping $7 on it. So worth it if you have an old house that needs lots of work and clean up. Someone had painted over the hinges in multi coats.

Add hardware to crock pot on low for over night and the next day it will peel off like some sort of plastic mask.

The only aid to the process was a dish scrubber.


It did age the brass a bit making it dark brown to black, but that could easily be buffed off. Personally I prefer the look of old brass so I left it on. 
My next problem was the screws had rusted during the paint removal process. As such I needed to purchase new screws but I didn’t want them to be all shiny in my now aged hardware so to the internet I went to find out how to age brass. I read several different websites that recommended mixtures of steps including hot water, vinegar, salt water, dry heat (oven), ammonia, acetone, nail polish remover, and/or lacquer thinner. I tried several different combos with mixed results. But the best I found for aging old brass was to remove the lacquer (if there is any) and put it in the oven at 450 ish and keep an eye on them. Some screws turned out nicely aged, some hardly, and some blue. Go figure. 
Still my doors are not done. I have 2 I got stripped in the summer before my second daughter was born but are not yet painted, 1 of which is for our closet and likely not going back up. I still have 4 more hanging that need to be stripped and painted, and 1 that needs repair as my husband put a whole though it….. 
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