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refinishing hardwood doors

Posted by Gian in Chicago on September 22nd, 1999 04:25 PM

Hello All,

I bought a 1927 Bungalow in June and have been able to
begin updating based largely on information obtained
from this message board without ever having to actually
post anything. This includes pulling wallpaper
installing electrcal outlets and refinshing one hardwood
floor (my pride and joy so far).

I've been using Citristip to strip my woodwork and doors
based on Henry's instructions and have met with overall
sucess however I'm having an irreproducable problem I'd
like some advice on.

I have been finishing my old oak doors with a procedure
I'll outline below and I've at least one turn out
perfectly. However, to varying degrees other doors
turn out with small bubbles in the finish. I'd like
to know what I'm doing wrong. Here's my process:

1- Citristip, scrape, peel, and otherwise dig out all the old paint
2- wash the door with steel wool and paint thinner
to get any residual paint/varnish
3- sand with 60 grit, again with 100 grit, brush with
tack cloth
4- apply stain, let dry
5- sand with 220 grit, apply polyurethane (I've used fast dry and regular)
6- repeat 5 (usually 2 coats of polyurethane)

As I said, I've had gorgeous results and then, just
yesterday, one turn out pretty bumpy to the touch.

do you see any thing that could cause this?

oh, and I've been soaking the brushes in paint thinner
between coats.

Thanks in advance,


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