03:25PM | 03/14/03
Member Since: 03/13/03
2 lifetime posts
My house is full of old circa 1920 solid wood doors that are stained with a really heavy red tone. I've stripped several of them with different products, and nothing will get rid of that dark red stain.

My latest attempt with Ready-Strip also proved to be useless. I'm ready to give up and just seal and paint the door white...Any suggestions? The ones which are white were sealed and this red keeps bleeding through over time.

Should i give up or take them down to the "Strip Shack"? I'm out of my league and don't want to ruin the door. (or start on the others.


03:49PM | 03/14/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
196 lifetime posts's called stain for a reason - it stains! Staining wood is like tatooing skin - it is more or less permanent.

If you could sand enough to get past the stain you would destroy the pattern of the door - and no chemical stripper is going to remove the stain - only the finish over it.

If you don't like the dark colour - primer with Glidden Ultra-Hide Gripper - it will cover and seal the stain - then finish with Glidden Evermore/Ultra-Hide/Ralph Lauren Satin or Semi-Gloss finish paint - your choice of color

These products are available at The Home Depot.

Mr. Paint


12:39AM | 03/15/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
If your doors have a dark red stain and you use an acrylic primer over them it will bleed through and especially if you use acrylic finish paint. I have seen were you have to use and oil based and a shellac based primer on old doors like these. Thoes old stains are way different than todays stains such as Minwax and have to treated different.
Why not take a door to the strip shack and see how much if any more of the stain color they can get out than you done so far. They have different products than you can buy at the store and plus this all they do. It will be worth a try before you go and paint all thoes doors.
Good luck.


04:28AM | 03/15/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
196 lifetime posts
5slb6......I beg to differ.......Gripper will seal the doors.....but if you feel better about it - B-I-N (shellac) will work too.

I have never seen a dip tank get a stain out - but hey..........give it a whirl.......

Mr. Paint


08:43AM | 03/16/03
Member Since: 03/13/03
2 lifetime posts
Mr Paint - Worked like a charm.
I chickened out this time though, and didn't paint the door white. This way if it eventually does bleed through, it won't be so noticeable and so....PINK!

Thanks for the suggestion!


01:38AM | 03/17/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
196 lifetime posts
TV.............glad things worked for you!!

You are welcome!

Mr. Paint

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