I’ve been asked to refinish a large, oak, exterior door with multiple raised panels. I think there are 24 small panels.
It appears that the last time it was refinished several years ago, it was done with water base clear gloss. No stain.
Now, there are areas on the profiled edges of the stiles and rails that have blistered and the wood has turned grey from the weather. The whole door and casing are bleached out and faded.
My choice would be to paint it. Second choice would be to build a new door, which, frankly, I think would be easier than refinishing it but I’ve agreed to give refinishing a go. They’ve agreed to letting me put a dark stain on it to help in dealing with the weathered areas.
Any advice on stripping the water base clear, especially from the ogee profile on the stiles and rails and what to use for a new topcoat would be much appreciated.
-- Wes Giesbrecht http://www.wesgiesbrecht.com/index.htm