Re-staining interior doors


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Old 04-13-21, 01:19 PM
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Re-staining interior doors

Okay, first things first. Iím new-ish to DIY as of last year. We just purchased a home where the previous owners were DIYers, but they were so lazy we will have to go through and fix everything they touched. Iíve never owned stained doors, just painted so Iím wondering, when I re-stain them, do I have to apply the top coat/varnish to the door jam as well? Some of the doors are matte (probably bought at the store and just hung up) and some have a really high gloss but the door jams are all matte so Iím not really sure. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Old 04-13-21, 02:14 PM
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Interior stains only work well over bare/raw wood. So first you need to determine if there is any finish on the doors. It's possible the doors just need a light sanding and a fresh coat of poly [assuming they weren't left unfinished]

Pics might help us better determine what you are working with
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Old 04-13-21, 02:48 PM
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Thanks!!

so Iíve been able to determine that three different door stains. I was hoping to lighten the stain and get away from the red orange stain and go lighter... not sure what yet but Iím a sucker for white washed, farm house (typical white girl over here). But Iím trying not to get my hope up too high. Most of the doors have either paint dribble or some type of damage (dogs) or kid stain (marker etc) so these doors need some love. I guess Iím just wondering I need to just paint them vs staining them



 
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Old 04-14-21, 02:04 AM
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It looks like the door has a water based poly on it.
Paint drips can usually be carefully scraped off. The right solvent will usually remove magic marker ink although the solvent may also damage the poly [not a big deal if you sand and recoat] Hard to say about the pet damage - sanding is best if it's not too deep.

I'm not fond of painting real wood panel doors. The panels are designed to 'float' so they shouldn't be caulked. The panels tend to expand/contract with humidity changes, once painted there is often an unsightly crack that appears/reappears throughout the year.
 
 

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