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Has anyone got any tips for cleaning before varnishing internal doors?

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I keep reading differing opinions on Google & now I don't know what to do for the best as I will post a direct link in post 1 to the new doors I've had fitted and the Joiner has left a lot of dirty fi… Read More
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10m, 3w agoPosted 10 months, 3 weeks ago
I keep reading differing opinions on Google & now I don't know what to do for the best as I will post a direct link in post 1 to the new doors I've had fitted and the Joiner has left a lot of dirty fingerprints on them and I don't know what to clean them with before varnishing.

Some say to use White Spirit then others say not to as it leaves a residue ,some say use a Tack cloth and others say not to etc etc

So now I'm back to square one not knowing what to use as just a wet cloth won't remove them I've tried.

Has anyone had any personal experience with this please?
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10m, 3w agoPosted 10 months, 3 weeks ago
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#2
I used white spirit on my oak veneer doors then varnished did the job for me
#3
everypennycounts
I used white spirit on my oak veneer doors then varnished did the job for me

It does say to use White Spirit on the tin of varnish,I don't think I should have started Googling X)
#4
deb8z
everypennycounts
I used white spirit on my oak veneer doors then varnished did the job for me

It does say to use White Spirit on the tin of varnish,I don't think I should have started Googling X)


yeah go for it
#5
Wouldn't use white spirits as this may lead to the varnish bubbling or flaking. All you need to do is use a fine sandpaper rub in the grain, wipe off with a damp cloth then varnish.
#6
dieselpitman
Wouldn't use white spirits as this may lead to the varnish bubbling or flaking. All you need to do is use a fine sandpaper rub in the grain, wipe off with a damp cloth then varnish.

As I say I've tried that and the dirty marks are still there?
#8
What sort of wood is it? I used OSMO, but can't remember if it was the oil or the wax finish, anyway it left them with a natural finish I think better than the shine than varnish leaves.

http://www.wood-finishes-direct.com/blog/what-everyone-should-know-about-finishing-oak/
#9
Bigfootpete
What sort of wood is it? I used OSMO, but can't remember if it was the oil or the wax finish, anyway it left them with a natural finish I think better than the shine than varnish leaves.http://www.wood-finishes-direct.com/blog/what-everyone-should-know-about-finishing-oak/

You can't use wax or oil on these doors.

Constructed using veneered slab construction
• Ready for finishing with lacquer, varnish or stain
• This door is NOT suitable for waxes, polishes and/or
oils as these products do not seal the door
#10
what sort of finger print marks? like dirty fingers dust marks?
#11
mutley1
what sort of finger print marks? like dirty fingers dust marks?

I had one of these doors fitted when I had the Bathroom done and I never had this problem as it was left really clean so I didn't have to use anything to clean it I just varnished it,but god knows what this guy has been doing as there are some really Black marks on it from his hands :(
#12
deb8z
mutley1
what sort of finger print marks? like dirty fingers dust marks?
I had one of these doors fitted when I had the Bathroom done and I never had this problem as it was left really clean so I didn't have to use anything to clean it I just varnished it,but god knows what this guy has been doing as there are some really Black marks on it from his hands :(

try using a rubber (an eraser) to rub the marks off. also you could try sanding it off slowly by using a sanding sponge pad.
#13
if it is just wood I would give it a light sand
#14
deb8z
Bigfootpete
What sort of wood is it? I used OSMO, but can't remember if it was the oil or the wax finish, anyway it left them with a natural finish I think better than the shine than varnish leaves.http://www.wood-finishes-direct.com/blog/what-everyone-should-know-about-finishing-oak/
You can't use wax or oil on these doors.Constructed using veneered slab construction
• Ready for finishing with lacquer, varnish or stain
• This door is NOT suitable for waxes, polishes and/or
oils as these products do not seal the door
It's saying can't be sealed with oils, it's not saying oils can't be used for cleaning. :)
#15
ceres
Get the joiner that messed up your new doors back to sort it out. It's reasonable to have superficial marks that come off with a damp cloth. It's not reasonable to have marks that require a special product / method to make good the damage.

He's already been back out once and he was recommended to me but I certainly wouldn't recommend him to anyone,25 years experience and when he turned up to do the job he admitted he'd never fitted any bi-fold doors before oO

He's been a nightmare so I don't want him back under any circumstances,we are too soft with people like this but I just give up with them.
#16
ceres
deb8z
He's already been back out once and he was recommended to me but I certainly wouldn't recommend him to anyone,25 years experience and when he turned up to do the job he admitted he'd never fitted any bi-fold doors before oO
He's been a nightmare so I don't want him back under any circumstances,we are too soft with people like this but I just give up with them.
I don't know how many doors you've got and how much you've paid for them but if it's more than a couple of hundred pounds, I'd get a professional in to fix them and start a small claim against the cowboy.

He's supposed to be a professional :|

I know we should but we always seem to have terrible problems with workmen,nearly every job we have done something goes wrong and we just let it go in the end,silly I know but we are rubbish at this sort of thing and always back down.
#17
ceres
deb8z
He's supposed to be a professional :|
I know we should but we always seem to have terrible problems with workmen,nearly every job we have done something goes wrong and we just let it go in the end,silly I know but we are rubbish at this sort of thing and always back down.
I meant someone like a French polisher rather than a joiner. If you've tried all the usual things and the marks aren't coming out, I'd be nervous about causing more harm than good with DIY, especially as the doors are veneered.

Oh I see,I did try the White Spirit in the end but I was wary about how much to use,some of the marks are better but not gone completely.

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