90 cabinet doors to strip paint!! How to do fast?

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Adrian A

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05-19-2013 05:40 AM

Taking on a job to refinish a kitchens latex painted cabinets. 90 doors and drawers!!! Ahhh.

I used chemical stripper, sandpaper , and card scrapers and it took like 2 hrs for one door.

What’s the quickest and best way to do it for such a large job?

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#1 posted 05-19-2013 05:50 AM

You can buy paint grade doors pretty reasonable. No way I’d head down your path.

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#2 posted 05-19-2013 12:04 PM

+1 AlaskaGuy
You can buy paint grade doors pretty reasonable. No way I’d head down your path

Buying new would also give you a chance to make changes in the style of door and drawer fronts (ie from flat panel to an arched raised panel) . Another added bonus to renovating the kitchen….

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#3 posted 05-19-2013 12:45 PM

What if this is for a client? Then our friend is stuck. My guess is they are raised panel doors if it took 2hours to strip one door. 2×90=180. Massive project.

Not something I do, but I might try a couple methods to speed the process. A belt sander, a power plane, outsourcing… THAT’S IT! Outsourcing!

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#4 posted 05-19-2013 01:21 PM

I like what buckethead said, outsource AND i’ll take the job. At my hourly shop rate thats a nice chunk of change.I am doing a kitchen now. Refacing the face frames and building new drawers and doors.

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#5 posted 05-19-2013 01:28 PM

Soda blasting. If you do this alot, it will save time and $$$

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#6 posted 05-19-2013 01:44 PM

find a furniture stripper company
one with a ‘dip tank’

so much for a sq. ft.
they dip
strip and brush
and rinse them

you just need to lightly sand to knock down the raised grain
before your new finish
get a bid
and add your cost for it too

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#7 posted 05-19-2013 02:33 PM

Here’s a picture of one section of cabinets and the finished product. It took at least an 2 hours for that one door.

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#8 posted 05-19-2013 02:39 PM

Adrian A.... I retract my previous post about buying new….and changing the style…. That is a beautiful door….Hopefully you find an efficient and fast method to strip the paint. Others have posted sending them out to be stripped. That may be the best method in terms of their cost versus your time

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#9 posted 05-19-2013 03:10 PM

How about new doors, much quicker.

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Adrian A

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#10 posted 05-19-2013 03:29 PM

He likes the ones he has and I’d rather save on lumber and just refinish them. More profit : )

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#11 posted 05-19-2013 03:44 PM

Try a heat gun. Aside from vat stripping by a pro stripping shop, I don’t see any way around you having to diddle around with the profile. But a heat gun might peel latex right off. Depends how many coats and what was on it BEFORE the latex.

Oh and I’ve seen vat stripping really mess up stuff. But might be your fastest option.

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#12 posted 05-19-2013 03:50 PM

Heat stripping if it is just latex may be the best way. Small heat gun and a very stiff bristle brush to grab the paint as it bubbles. Otherwise the soda blasting doesn’t sound like a bad idea, pick up a cheap kit and try it.

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#13 posted 05-19-2013 04:46 PM

When I did that a long time ago I sent them out to get stripped. As long as they are solid wood and not PB veneered they can tank strip them. Mine turned out beautiful. This was back in Illinois in my second house about 25 years ago!

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#14 posted 05-19-2013 05:43 PM

we recently stripped face frames in a kitchen with simple paint stripper, no problem. Since we can build a set of doors in our shop we could almost build new doors easier than stripping.

But in the past we have built a small shallow tub out of wood scraps and lined it with plastic tarp and filled it with lacquer thinner in order to strip a set of stain grade doors. Maybe submersion of the door inside paint stripper or lacquer thinner will help.

i am glad i dont have your job.

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#15 posted 05-19-2013 09:19 PM

I would send out a test door for chemical stripping and make a decision about how to proceed when you get it back. If the paint won’t come out of the pores, you will still be left with lots of sanding. Same with stripping with a heat gun, try it first and see if that will work. The scrapers you have, have you got one shaped to the inside moulding? If not you could make one, might speed you up a bit. Nice job on the refinished door btw.

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