Posted by Nancy B. Adams (22.214.171.124) on September 28, 2003 at 05:09:51:
In Reply to: 1900 Exterior Wooden Door with Oval Window posted by Cathy on September 06, 2003 at 16:44:38:
: The door has shelac on both sides and lots of detail around the door panels. The door was used as an exterior door. One side is almost black in color and one side is a beautiful tan. Is there any way to restore the black side of the door to its natural color without losing the detail around the panels? Using sand paper would remove the intricate detail work. Any suggestions??
use a mild stripper with a very fine steel wool pad, which may be purchased at your local hardware store in the paint department. Test the stripper on a small spot on the edge of the door. Use rubber gloves, do not change your bucket full of stripper unless it gets really messy. Then put boile linseed oil on the door. The wood will take up the oil and you will need to put several coats as it "dries". Once the wood grains have "regained" its beauty, try a coat of tung oil. This will keep the finish. If the door is not "abused" it should stay. But if it is used a lot tung oil app. once a year will be warranted.
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