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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:43 pm 
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I've had some doors dipped (1940s). I intend to paint them but there were so many layers of really terrible painting I thought just starting again would be easiest. Getting them back I see the panels are plywood and have rippled and cracked. Any good way to save them and get a half decent paint job on them?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:00 pm 
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No. AFAIK the damage is permanent. The glue between the layers of veneer making up the plywood has dissolved sufficiently that when the moisture in the dip bath was absorbed by the outer layer of two of veneer it was able to swell and partly break-away from the veneers beneath. On thin plywood this damage can go through all of the veneers (there may only be 3 or 5). It will never go back to being flat - at least not affordably. Better to remove the beadings on one side, pull-out the damaged panels and replace them with freshly cut plywood. Needs to be the same species (a softwood) and the same thickness. You can tone-up the colour to match the rest of the door using diluted (weak) water stain built-up in multiple applications to the required darkness. The strippers should have understood that with plywood panels (which came in from Canada in huge volumes after WWI) you can't dip them but you use a less aggressive stripper and deal with them using a brush and shallow (drainer) bath

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Thanks. Frustrating that the strippers ruined them. One of the doors is completely different, not as stained and the panels are fine. I wonder whether they realised and did the remaining door a different way.

I think I'll buy some new pine doors since I'm painting them anyway. I will want to fix some of the built in wardrobe doors that were stripped though. How do I get the bead off? Rout it out one side, replace panel and add new beading?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:53 pm 
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dipping has ruined doors for years its not a new thing :lol:
they can strip them without damage but is more work and more expensive as its fairly dry and labour intensive
they need to be stripped not soaked

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