old house stcking doors

Old 09-15-05, 07:31 PM
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old house stcking doors

Hey there. House is 80+ yrs old. A few doors in a room that has been recently painted are sticking.

Should I
- Take them off and belt sand the edges?
- Take them off and plane them?
- Any other options?

I would like to do as little damge to the new paint job as possible. I do have paint left over for touch ups.

What is the best way to do this?
Old 09-15-05, 08:02 PM
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sure, but don't take them off if you don't have to. Since they usually stick either on the top, or on the side nearest the top, just leave the door on, and belt sand away. Then it's easy to close the door and see if you need to take more off or not.

When you belt sand, it'll create a sharp edge where the paint will peel back. Just round that edge a bit with some 100 grit sandpaper and it will take paint better.

Since you mentioned the house is 80+ years old, lead paint will be an issue. It's recommended that you not sand lead based paint, so you might want to plane the doors instead, using a Stanley #4 or #5. The only upside of that is that you'd be making paint chips instead of lead dust. At any rate, if belt sanding it the way you decide to go, it's recommended that you put painters plastic down in the area you will be working, tape it to the floor and anywhere else that the dust might settle. When you are done sanding, carefully and slowly fold the plastic up so as not to stir up the dust. Put the whole thing in a doubled garbage bag before you throw it away.

If you are disturbing less than 2 sq ft of painted area, they don't consider it to be a big deal. Nonetheless, its good to take precautions, especially when it's simple to do.

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