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You’ve heard about my interior doors before; I’m finally getting around to restoring them. Three of them had been painted and were pretty gross looking on one side. Having them stripped wouldn’t be cheap so I decided to suffer through it myself.
I’m using SoyGel, and pretty happy with it. It’s thick like syrup, has very little odor, and didn’t hurt my skin. I put it on last night, covered the doors with Saran wrap, and then stripped them today. Here’s roughly how it worked:
Take it all off
That door got two coats of SoyGel. The second coat got off most of the residue except what was in the grooves in the middles of the panels. I let the second coat go while I was stripping the others and didn’t bother with the Saran wrap. It didn’t need it. One door that I think was originally on a bathroom had so much paint on it that I did Saran wrap it to strip again tomorrow or Tuesday. The Saran wrap prevents the stripper from dripping down the doors, so if you’re going to stand things up without using it, put something down to protect the floor (see the lower right corner of this photo). I washed the door after with a damp wash cloth, which I needed to rinse a good dozen times.
Going forward, I need to finish off the rest of the doors, and then they have dents, holes and gashes all over them that need to be filled (will have different handles than they originally had) and we’ll either need to fill in the notches where the hinges were or trim them down on that side to take the gouges out. And then I’ll have to buy my woodwork, all of it, and bring in a bunch of furniture and spray everything white.