preserving old, weathered door

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Joseph O'Brien, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. Some neighbors of mine have an old door that has been left out in their
    yard for a few years. The door is solid hardwood, and appears to be
    quite old (it comes from a house that was built in the 1880s). Despite
    having endured rain and snow, it appears to be in good shape. I cannot
    see any signs of mold, rot, or splitting. The joints are tight and the
    corners are square.

    Rather than watch a perfectly good door go to waste, I would like to
    use it as an exterior door into my basement. However, I want to make
    sure I prepare it properly. My plan was to sand, prime, and paint it.
    Can anyone recommend further measures to do make sure it remains in
    good condition?

    Thanks,
    Joseph
     
    Joseph O'Brien, Feb 17, 2006
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  2. Joseph O'Brien

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    Sand, apply wood preserative, that absorbs in, than prime and paint.

    check carefully for loose joints
     
    , Feb 17, 2006
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  3. "Joseph O'Brien" <> wrote in message
    >
    > Rather than watch a perfectly good door go to waste, I would like to
    > use it as an exterior door into my basement. However, I want to make
    > sure I prepare it properly. My plan was to sand, prime, and paint it.
    > Can anyone recommend further measures to do make sure it remains in
    > good condition?


    You plan sounds good. Only difference would be if the wood is something
    really nice, I'd use a clear coat instead of paint. Spar varnish would be
    good and has UV inhibitors.
     
    Edwin Pawlowski, Feb 17, 2006
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  4. Joseph O'Brien

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    "Joseph O'Brien" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Some neighbors of mine have an old door that has been left out in their
    > yard for a few years. The door is solid hardwood, and appears to be
    > quite old (it comes from a house that was built in the 1880s). Despite
    > having endured rain and snow, it appears to be in good shape. I cannot
    > see any signs of mold, rot, or splitting. The joints are tight and the
    > corners are square.
    >
    > Rather than watch a perfectly good door go to waste, I would like to
    > use it as an exterior door into my basement. However, I want to make
    > sure I prepare it properly. My plan was to sand, prime, and paint it.
    > Can anyone recommend further measures to do make sure it remains in
    > good condition?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Joseph
    >


    Prior to sanding just make sure you are prepped for removing lead paint as
    there will probably be some there.

    Newt
     
    Newt, Feb 18, 2006
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  5. Joseph O'Brien

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    sand outside, and clean up area using a drop clothe.

    with just a door the amount of lead is limited.

    be concerned if you have young kids, might be better to do off site

    lead exposure is time and amount. on a small job do fast, clean up
    well, and bathe before eating etc
     
    , Feb 18, 2006
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  6. wrote:
    > sand outside, and clean up area using a drop clothe.
    >
    > with just a door the amount of lead is limited.
    >
    > be concerned if you have young kids, might be better to do off site
    >
    > lead exposure is time and amount. on a small job do fast, clean up
    > well, and bathe before eating etc


    Thanks to everyone for the replies. This has all been very helpful
    information. I never thought that the door might be something special.
    I'll take care not to damage before learning what it really is. If
    it's something more than plain old oak, I'll let you know.

    Thanks again, everyone.

    Joseph
     
    Joseph O'Brien, Feb 23, 2006
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