Sanding existing door trim

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Forum topic by rweitz posted 03-21-2010 10:19 PM 5892 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2010 10:19 PM

I’d got the word from the boss the next project is sanding all the interior doors and trim and repainting. We had the carpet out a while ago to show off the existing hardwoods and you can still see the old paint at the bottom of the doors and they need painting in general:


Is this all hand sanding or is there a tool that can sand this kind of rounded over notched area. I have 8 of these doors and trims to work on and I’d like to have some hands left when we get done.
Also the bottom of all the doors is about 1” short of the floor. Is there a good way to add that bottom back and not see the joint line?

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#1 posted 03-21-2010 10:23 PM

If it were me, I would probably rip all the trim down and replace it with new stuff…

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 03-21-2010 10:24 PM

Since it’s standard ranch casing you may consider replacing it. It would not be costly to replace and it would save you a lot of sanding time and dust. You could use a scraper on the jambs where the reveal is painted.


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#3 posted 03-21-2010 10:33 PM

Cheaper to replace than to strip all that.

I have never seen an acceptable door bottom ext. added on, it just ain’t right.

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#4 posted 03-21-2010 10:38 PM

You’re going to repaint? If it’s not rotten, either use a scraper or just lightly sand it, fill the holes and sand it again, and repaint.

Protools (Ithink that was the name) used to make handled scrapers that were different shapes or you could shape them yourself. I used to use them alot in situations like this. I actually got them at my favorite paint store. You one with the handle and buy get different shape interchangeable scraper blades.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#5 posted 03-22-2010 04:36 PM

I’ll look into replacing the trim, the boss is on saving money, so we may be up against a cash flow problem to just replace it. Yes the dust issue is dreadful. Maybe I’ll invent some kind of “hand sanding dust collection” by duct taping the nozzle to my wrist!

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#6 posted 03-22-2010 05:19 PM

If you decide to refinish it, use a profile sander…it will speed up the work a lot.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 03-22-2010 07:26 PM

I just re-sanded all the trim in my living room as there were multiple years of old paint that had cracked and dripped along the way. I used 80 grit sandpaper and did it by hand along with a scraper and then filled it the holes with drywall mud. It was a pain and would have been much much easier to replace the trim, but the trim is really intricate in my house so a match would not have been possible. It turned out pretty good, but its nearly impossible to get the trim looking like new again after years of abuse. It was a lot of mind numbing work that could have been spent on much more enjoyable projects.

Long story short, I agree with those that suggest replacing the trim – especially since you have standard casing that can be bought cheaply at a big box retailer. It will save you a ton of time and headache.

-- dcutter

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#8 posted 03-22-2010 07:34 PM

You might look at the sponge sanding blocks. They will conform to thet curved surface and they are cheap.
I get mine at good ole Harbor Freight. The last time I bought them on sale for about 3 bucks for 10 of them.

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