Restain and refinish wood (fir) doors

Old 03-17-11, 05:11 PM
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Restain and refinish wood (fir) doors

I have several dark walnut stained six panel doors. I would like to restain them with a lighter (medium) wood finish. Is this feasible or am I stuck with the dark finish? If feasible, please tell me best process. Thanks
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It can be done but it won't be quick and easy. You'll first need to use a stripper and scrape off what you can of the finish and then sand to remove the rest. Typically, stripped doors/wood doesn't accept stain as well as new wood but since you intend to go light, that shouldn't be an issue.

I don't know if it would help but a fresh coat of semi-gloss or gloss poly/varnish often reflects more light so they might not appear as dark.

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