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MangoMan13

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02-14-2011 05:07 PM

Hello, my name is Jeff Alger.
I’m taking a Master’s class in Instructional Design at Boise State University. My group’s project is to develop training that teaches people how to strip the wood trim inside their house and ready it for refinishing (I’m not kidding, that’s our actual project!). The first step we have to do is find out why people don’t refinish their own interior trim. So, we developed a survey to find out.Can I ask the DIYers on this board to take a couple minutes and answer the following questions? Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Jeff

Do you know how to prepare wood trim for refinishing?

If so, where did you learn how to do it?

Have you ever refinished wood trim or furniture before?

If you wanted to refinish the trim in your house, would you consider doing it yourself?

If not, what would you say the biggest barrier to doing it yourself was?


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#1 posted 02-14-2011 07:22 PM

Jeff, to answer your questions:

(1) Yes; I learned largely following the same steps as I would in refinishing furniture. Like a lot of us on board here (at least the over 40 crowd) I picked up a lot of what I first leaned from watching DIY shows on PBS (This Old House primarily) and simply trial and error. Another show that heavily influenced my refinishing skills was the one put on by Homer Formby.

(2) Yes

(3) Yes, because I am too cheap to pay someone to do something that I am able to. :)

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 07:47 PM

Do you know how to prepare wood trim for refinishing?

yes.

If so, where did you learn how to do it?

experience I guess. Other people. Books.

Have you ever refinished wood trim or furniture before?

Yes.

If you wanted to refinish the trim in your house, would you consider doing it yourself?

Yes.

If not, what would you say the biggest barrier to doing it yourself was?

It’s tedious, toxic and gross, and sometimes (usually) if work is painted
it is paint-grade work, not stain grade. Trying to make paint-grade trim look
like nice stain grade is folly.

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tbone

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 11:04 PM

(1) YES
(2) Trial and error, and the desire to do it cheaply—i.e. all by myself
(3) Yes
(4) Yes
(5) Go Horned Frogs.

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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Bertha

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 11:10 PM

Do you know how to prepare wood trim for refinishing?
YES
If so, where did you learn how to do it?
Possibly a book; possibly by trial and error; maybe I saw Norm do it.
Have you ever refinished wood trim or furniture before?
YES
If you wanted to refinish the trim in your house, would you consider doing it yourself?
In an older home, YES; in a newer home, NO
If not, what would you say the biggest barrier to doing it yourself was?
In an older home, time v. buying shaper blades; in a newer home, time v. cost of new
(I restored an older home & stripped some of the molding before giving up & buying shaper blades/surfaced stock, for the reason Loren lists above)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 11:11 PM

To answer your questions…

#1. Do you know how to prepare wood trim for refinishing? Yes.

#2. If so, where did you learn how to do it? I learned to refinish wood from my Dad, and some formal education in High School wood shop.

#3. Have you ever refinished wood trim or furniture before? Yes.

#4. If you wanted to refinish the trim in your house, would you consider doing it yourself? Of course.

#5. If not, what would you say the biggest barrier to doing it yourself was? Not applicable, but I suspect folks that wouldn’t try it are simply afraid of trying something new.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#6 posted 02-14-2011 11:31 PM

Do you know how to prepare wood trim for refinishing? Yes.

If so, where did you learn how to do it? Learned it from a contractor. We refinished a lot of interior and exterior trim.

Have you ever refinished wood trim or furniture before? Yes. In addition to above mentioned contract work, I worked in the shop at a furniture store. A lot of finish and refinish work.

If you wanted to refinish the trim in your house, would you consider doing it yourself? Yes. But the trim in my house is really generic stock off the shelf stuff. It would be worth my time to skip refinishing it and simply using new trim that I had finished.

If not, what would you say the biggest barrier to doing it yourself was? Time to refinish it.

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Howie

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#7 posted 02-15-2011 12:14 AM

1. yes
2. trial and error in my motherinlaws 100 year old house(all oak)
3. yes
4.If I had oak trim I’d do it myself. The junk they put in houses now days doesn’t seem worth the effort.
5. n/a

-- Life is good.

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semi75

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#8 posted 02-15-2011 01:11 AM

I think the main reason most people do not resurface/refinish thier trim is that in most cases it just flat isn’t worth it. What you mostly see in homes today is pine or mdf paint grade trim. The next most popular is stain grade pine and poplar, both of which usually aren’t worth refinishing. In historic homes and some older homes that isn’t the case but for most of us it would be futile to resurface pine and poplar. Don’t forget about the plaster in some historic homes.

To do it right you need to get it off the wall and often with above mentioned woods it will crack and chip. It is just plain easier and cheaper to buy new molding that suits your needs and install it. Strippers and supplies aren’t cheap and it is messy. Now for your form:

Do you know how to prepare wood trim for refinishing?
Yes

If so, where did you learn how to do it?
Relatives and reading both

Have you ever refinished wood trim or furniture before?
Furniture yes, I have not had the fortune to move into a place that the trim was worth saving

If you wanted to refinish the trim in your house, would you consider doing it yourself?
Yes, though the only stuff worth refinishing and not tossing is the oak tongue and groove beadboard I put up in the kitchen.

If not, what would you say the biggest barrier to doing it yourself was?
It’s usually not worth the time, money or effort. Most homes do not have cherry, walnut or even oak trim and when they do it is in limited areas.

As a side not I became interested in woodworking in the last year and a half after doing floors and trim work.

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jeepturner

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#9 posted 02-15-2011 01:22 AM

Do you know how to prepare wood trim for refinishing? Um, don’t know, maybe, Would it be different than preparing other wood for refinishing?

If so, where did you learn how to do it? Never have done it, but if I did I would certainly research it first.

Have you ever refinished wood trim or furniture before? Not wood trim, but furniture.

If you wanted to refinish the trim in your house, would you consider doing it yourself? I would not consider refinishing the wood trim in my house. I would just remove and replace it.

If not, what would you say the biggest barrier to doing it yourself was? Cost, the cost and trouble of stripping it would more than out weigh the cost of making or buying new unfinished trim.

-- Mel,

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Gene Howe

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#10 posted 02-15-2011 01:57 AM

Do you know how to prepare wood trim for refinishing? YES
If so, where did you learn how to do it? From refinishing lots of furniture
Have you ever refinished wood trim or furniture before? YES
If you wanted to refinish the trim in your house, would you consider doing it yourself? Paint grade…NO. Stain grade…. Definitely

Paint grade molding is not worth stripping.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 02-15-2011 02:02 AM

Do you know how to prepare wood trim for refinishing?
Yes

If so, where did you learn how to do it?
Self

Have you ever refinished wood trim or furniture before?
Yes

If you wanted to refinish the trim in your house, would you consider doing it yourself?
Yes. It would depend on that I was doing. Stripping paint-maybe. That sucks. Re-paint is no big deal.

If not, what would you say the biggest barrier to doing it yourself was?
Mess, lack of time, chemicals (depending on method), dust in the air

-- christopheralan

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traupmann

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#12 posted 02-15-2011 02:49 AM

YES
Books w/ trial and error and fellow woodworkers
Yes Many
Yes, I don’t pay for labor, I’m retired and have the time…

-- chas -- looking for Serta sponsorship to go Pro...

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Lee Barker

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#13 posted 02-15-2011 05:29 AM

Do you know how to prepare wood trim for refinishing?
yep

If so, where did you learn how to do it?
read the can after I bought it at True Value Hardware

Have you ever refinished wood trim or furniture before?
yep

If you wanted to refinish the trim in your house, would you consider doing it yourself?
yep

If not, what would you say the biggest barrier to doing it yourself was?

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#14 posted 02-15-2011 05:47 AM

Do you know how to prepare wood trim for refinishing?

>> Yes. My understanding is to attempt manual methods (scraping, sanding) first and then opt for chemical strippers if things are extremely difficult—or for highly detailed profiles that are difficult to access mechanically.

If so, where did you learn how to do it?

>> Just keepin my eyes open over the years. Some trial and error. Reading the labels.

Have you ever refinished wood trim or furniture before?

>> Yes, both.

If you wanted to refinish the trim in your house, would you consider doing it yourself?

>> Yes.

If not, what would you say the biggest barrier to doing it yourself was?

>> Time. Dust management. Angst. But not in that order :-)

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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Manitario

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#15 posted 02-15-2011 05:53 AM

>more or less
>books, internet, reading labels!
>no
>it appeared to be a pretty big pain in the ass, ie. a lot more work than I cared to do

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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