Latex removal on old door


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Old 06-06-23, 10:24 AM
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Latex removal on old door

There are several layers of latex semi-gloss on the door now, on top of the original lead paint. I'd like to remove the latex safely and repaint the door. Any suggestions on how to strip off the latex without disturbing the lead paint underneath?
 
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Old 06-06-23, 01:34 PM
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Why are you wanting to remove the latex?
I'd either sand the latex some and repaint or use a chemical stripper and remove all the paint [including the lead based paint]

Denatured alcohol will dissolve dried latex paint.
 
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Thanks for the reply, marksr. I want to remove the latex because it's layers thick, loaded with deep brush strokes and looks awful. I don't think that I can sand it smooth without hitting the old lead paint, and it's kind of "rubbery" so it might not sand well to begin with. It's a flat panel door with no texture. Trying to avoid buying a hollow core composite piece of junk, if possible.
 
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Strip it completely or paint what you have.
 
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As you know latex doesn't sand well but you may be able to knock down the worst of it. Sometimes rolling the paint will help disguise the dried brush marks.

Replacing the door is also an option. Masonite doors paint well although they aren't as durable as a solid wood door. That's what we put in my son's house.
 
 

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