Oh my gosh, I thought I’d never get done with this door! I gotta tell ya, this is not the way you should do this project.
First I took a long look at this thing and knowing what a job it was to strip the old paint off, I really didn’t want to do it. So I procrastinated a little but I knew I had to strip it, the finish was just sooo awful!
Sorry, my pictures are not that great, I was working in the shade with overcast skies. I tried to get shots of the bumpy “crocodile like” texture but the pictures really don’t do it justice.
Now the good thing was that the finish was only like this on one side, the other side seemed like it may have only had a light layer of primer on it.
I dug around in my paint supplies cabinet and found this container of Peel Away, it was only about a third full, and I thought back when I used this before, probably 10 years ago, and I remembered it didn’t work so well, then I found this half full jug of Tuff Job Remover and remembered this stuff worked really well.
But I didn’t want to just throw the Peel Away away, after all, I saved it all these years, I might as well give it another try, so I decided to use what was left of it first and then I had the Tuff stuff as a back up if need be.
Well, I probably should have thrown it away because it still didn’t work well. The directions made it sound so easy, just apply it, cover it, wait 20 minutes and peel it away! Nope, that is not how it worked for me.
Maybe there is a special technique which I do not possess or it could have been the heat and humidity, but this is how it went.
I first applied a thick layer using all of the remaining goo in the container, I applied it only on the places of the door where it had the “crocodile” texture but while trying to lay the paper cover on, it became very windy and I thought it was going to rain, so I struggled to get the paper on and I could tell it wasn’t sticking to the goo because the goo was already drying, the heat and wind not helping, I ended up running to the back of the shed where I knew we had some rocks and used them to hold down the paper.
I then waited 20 minutes and lifted the paper and I had now successfully turned the “crocodile” into an “alligator”,
the goo dried on very hard and did not peel away with the paper like it said it was supposed to. Holy Crapola! I tried to scrape it off, using a plastic scraper so as not to damage the wood but nope, it was not budging, so I switched to a metal scraper and after a lot of elbow grease with little success,
I decided to spray some water on it to moisten the dried on goo and it worked, Yee Haw! Now I was able to scrape it off easily, but what a mess!
Your probably thinking I’m crazy for soaking the wood door with water, I was a little desperate at this point, and I only let it soak for just a few minutes.
All I know is, this idea worked! After I scraped all the stripper and as much paint as I could, I let it dry for several days before sanding.
First I sanded it with 80 grit paper and then sanded it again with 100 grit paper, I also hand scraped and sanded all the recessed areas. I had enough of the stripper at this point,
I chose not to use the back up stripper, saving it for another job.
I will not try that again!
Anyways, I was successful at getting the door painted and the finish now is as smooth as a babies butt!
This is how I paint a door, hope you can see well enough, because the door is all white, I know it can be difficult.
Hint, look for the shiny wet areas compared to the dull dry ones.
So I then cleaned the door well of all dust and primed it, sanded and cleaned again,
next, I always paint the four recessed panels first,
and the mullions (the center vertical areas) next,
then the lock rail (the middle horizontal area),
and the top and bottom rails (the top and bottom horizontal areas),
then I paint the lock and hinge stiles last (the long outer vertical areas)
So I decided to share a few tips with you maybe they will come in handy for your next wood painting project!
My tips for painting wood with a brush without leaving brush stroke marks…
1. Always buy the best brush you can afford, I prefer Purdy
2. Always paint in one direction, with the wood grain
3. Keep your brush strokes wet and long, turn off ceiling fans etc.
4. Have a clean bucket of water and a cloth available to clean up any small debris that may be in the paint
5. Work quickly to prevent dry brush marks
6. Always sand, and clean dust in between each coat, I always paint two coats
Follow these tips and you too will have a finish that is as smooth as a babies butt!
Finally Door number Three…DONE!
getting closer to checking the doors off our list, only one more to go!
Sharing with these sweet ladies;
Pamela@From my Front Porch to Yours, Courtney@French Country Cottage, Karen@Redoux Interiors, Gail@My Repurposed Life, Kathryn@The Dedicated House, Suzanne@Pieced Pastimes, Vanessa@Nifty Thrifty Things