Pocket doors — finished on living room side (yay!)

27 Aug

So here’s my proven Gudenov paint removal method for doors:

1) Scrape off as much as possible with a heat gun and metal putty knife
2) Use Peel-Away 7 to remove remaining paint and varnish — this is especially helpful on molding and curvy carvy bits.
3) Wipe everything down with mineral spirits, using steel wool
3.5) If you’re really nit-picky, you can also wipe down with denatured alcohol
4) Use dental picks and sand paper to get up any other resistant areas
5) Give up on getting the corners of molding totally clear of paint

I’ve tried so many different methods, but that seems to be the best — fastest, least amount of muscle power, and with dramatic results.

I’ve now put one coat of stain and one coat of wipe-on poly on the living room side, and I think that’s how they’re going to stay. When they’re totally dry (next weekend), I’ll polish them with Burt’s Furniture Polish.

And now, to the dining room!

4 Responses to “Pocket doors — finished on living room side (yay!)”

  1. little augury August 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    lovely-but look at that dear on the couch!

    • Erica Walch August 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

      Skunkie is pretty fantastic.

  2. Alexis L., The Studioist August 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Thanks so much for posting that tutorial. I’ve heat gunned our cabinet doors and was trying to decide what kind of stripper to use next. Do you use nitrile gloves with Peel Away 7?

    • Erica Walch August 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

      I usually use regular old household gloves — applying it is pretty easy — I use a paint brush — and to remove it, I use a scraper (I actually skip the peeling part of peel away, I’ve found that doesn’t work), but in the finicky bits, I use steel wool dipped in mineral spirits or water. This usually rips the gloves, but the water or mineral spirits neutralizes the burning part of peel away. I am not osha-approved in my general work habits, though.

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