Please front door with yellow spots...disaster

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Forum topic by MariaL posted 07-15-2015 03:20 PM 914 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2015 03:20 PM


I tried to refinish my horribly neglected front door yesterday. After stripping and sanding off layers of crumbling, damaged wood, I ended up with these spots in the middle where I sanded through the veneer. Obviously I’m a novice.

I thought maybe they would look better after I stained them and figured I had nothing to lose, so I went ahead with it. The spots turned neon yellow, and the stain turned the rest of my door orange and splotchy (Valspar-Maple).

Does anyone know if I can save this door? It started out very damaged, so I realize that it won’t be perfect, but I don’t want to paint it if I can help it. Can I replace just the veneer on the inset parts? Is that difficult? Would it look too weird? Any other ideas?

It’s probably impossible to get it looking really great, but if I can even get it passable until I can save the money for a new door I’ll be happy.

Any help would be appreciated!!!! I’m out of ideas and feeling frustrated!

(I’ve posted photos of the other side of the door as well to show what it looked like without damage.)

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#1 posted 07-15-2015 03:23 PM


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#2 posted 07-15-2015 03:29 PM

Not a finishing expert, but how about a dye, maybe followed by a stain.
It will darken the door, but at this point you have nothing to lose, right?

If it doesn’t work, you can do what Herb said.

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#3 posted 07-16-2015 01:28 AM


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Or a new door, or treat what you have as character. :-)

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#4 posted 07-16-2015 01:36 AM

That’s a very nice old door.

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#5 posted 07-16-2015 02:33 AM

If your veneer has been sanded through, you are never going to get the finish to match. An alternative would be to paint it. If you want a wood grain finish, you can search the internet for methods of painting a surface (even metal) so that it looks like wood. Just be sure to lay on a surface finish that covers the possible roughness of the places where the veneer got removed.

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#6 posted 07-16-2015 02:49 AM

From the photos it’s hard to tell if it has problems besides the finish.If that’s a crack I see in the photo then the only recourse would be to try and remove the panel or to veneer over the top. As far as the finish goes ,it looks like the it’s been sanded across the grain. If this is the case you need to try and get the sanding marks off by sanding with the grain. If you are going to veneer over the panels of course sanding them is unnecessary . As far as the finish is concerned one side of the door looks darker than the other,so you will have to sand all of the finish off the side that’s darker and then apply a coat of dewaxed shellac and then use some dye to try and match the other side.

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#7 posted 07-16-2015 03:02 PM

You guys are funny, I’m glad I could make you all smile:)

Thanks for the help. You’re right Jim, those are cracked areas, I used a round sander, and I suppose that’s the reason for most of the splotches. It sounds like maybe I’m in a little deep!!

I may look around for a professional and see if it’s cost effective for someone else to tackle this beast. Or paint!

Thanks again for the help, it’s nice to know that it’s pretty much hopeless and I can let it go!!

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#8 posted 07-16-2015 03:15 PM

My wife wants me to paint our front door black…. It is red now..

I just finished taking down and repainting our two screen doors… Sure looks nice.

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#9 posted 07-16-2015 03:29 PM

Re-veneering is certainly doable. Unfortunately it would be a somewhat trickier task than the average veneer job and unless you have some veneering experience may be a little ambitious for you.
My best advice would be to paint it and move on. ...... sorry

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