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    Dip A Door or Strip It

    A friend of mine had his door dipped sometime ago to remove all the paint that was on it and I can remember how well it turn out. His door was removed for this job, I assume it was done fairly quickly as I'm sure he wouldn't want to be without a door as it was his front door.

    The only thing is, I don't recall him telling me where this was done or how to go about finding someone to do this. Does anyone know as I don't have a clue to the first place to look?

    The door in question is also a front door and could be stripped rather than dipped though this appears very laborious and having dipped seems more thorough.

    What are your opinions?

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    We've always dipped our doors when we've been renovating / redecorating. You'll need to search on Google for someone near to you that offers the service.

    One thing to bear in mind is the quality of your door, as the dipping process can buckle the wood on cheaper wood doors, speak to the company you pick about this although with it being a front door, it prob won't be an issue. You should also ask about aftercare, I remember a couple of times our dipped doors have formed crystals on the surface of the wood which needed wiping down with vinegar (apparently) and we also had one problem with a pitch pine door surround becoming spongey after being dipped. That was also dealt with by wiping it down with vinegar and drying out with a heater before sealing the wood with a matte varnish.

    Stripping wood with a paint gun is soul destroying work (we've stripped all of our skirtings, a dividing structure in the hallway and our entire staircase so far.. grim job!) and if you've any detail on your door at all (edging or panels) then I'd think carefully before going down that route. It's so easy to end up with an uneven finish if you're not 100% confident.
    Edited by: "juliet_bravo" 24th Feb 2011

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    Thanks Juliet, very informative. I'll bear all this in mind.

    juliet_bravo

    We've always dipped our doors when we've been renovating / redecorating. … We've always dipped our doors when we've been renovating / redecorating. You'll need to search on Google for someone near to you that offers the service.One thing to bear in mind is the quality of your door, as the dipping process can buckle the wood on cheaper wood doors, speak to the company you pick about this although with it being a front door, it prob won't be an issue. You should also ask about aftercare, I remember a couple of times our dipped doors have formed crystals on the surface of the wood which needed wiping down with vinegar (apparently) and we also had one problem with a pitch pine door surround becoming spongey after being dipped. That was also dealt with by wiping it down with vinegar and drying out with a heater before sealing the wood with a matte varnish.Stripping wood with a paint gun is soul destroying work (we've stripped all of our skirtings, a dividing structure in the hallway and our entire staircase so far.. grim job!) and if you've any detail on your door at all (edging or panels) then I'd think carefully before going down that route. It's so easy to end up with an uneven finish if you're not 100% confident.



    In previous house I took out the doors, skirting and architraves and had the lot dipped, was the best way to achieve a good finish, plus having numbered them all before stripping they all fitted back perfectly

    OP, dipping will mean you are without the door for around a week, as once it has been dipped ( which can take a couple of days depending on the strength of the solution they dip in ) it will need time to dry out fully before you get it back.

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    The only thing is, I don't recall him telling me where this was done or how to go about finding someone to do this. Does anyone know as I don't have a clue to the first place to look?

    ask your friend? oO

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    I would csiman but I don't believe in communicating with dead. Unfotunately he passed a way a few years ago.

    Once i tried to strip a door with paint stripper, after spending a fortune on paint stripper and marking the door with the scrapper, I got it dip for about £40 collected and returned in 7 days, I was amazed how good it looked, valuable lesson learnt.
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