First, the badly damaged wooden front door needed stripping
Before putting any new finishings on the door, we advised the customer to strip it with Dilunett, in order to remove all old coats, which were probably solvent-based.
The customer said with relative ease, he was able to remove all of the old coats of paint from the large front door.
So how did he do it?
After applying a thick layer of Dilunett to the front door, the customer then allowed it to stand. If Dilunett starts to dry, you should apply a fine mist of water to keep it wet.
The customer then took a very fine wire sponge and scrubbed the door whilst rinsing it with water. Alternatively, you could use a pressure washer (max. 60 bar).
Dilunett, a solvent-free paint remover, has a gel-like consistency, so it will not run, making it perfect for vertical surfaces like this front door. And because it can remove up to 8 coats in one application, it’s also really quick to use!
In order to neutralise the wood after stripping it, the customer then applied Net-Trol (as per the instructions) and allowed the door to dry for 48 hours before continuing.
Next, bring it back to its former glory with the finish
The customer said that they required a product for maximum endurance but one that would not entirely hide the grain.
We proposed that they use Solid Colour Stain (SCS), an all-in-one wood treatment and opaque matt finish that comes in a choice of 35 shades.
SCS is one of our easiest products to apply.
The customer applied the first coat using a brush, then allowed this to dry for 3-4 hours. They then applied a second coat and voila – it’s done and the door looks superb!
After speaking with the customer after they had finished their front door renovations, they told us how happy they were with how the SCS looked and said that it was, “exactly what I was looking for”.
We’re so glad that this customer was as pleased as we were with the transformation. A front door is one of the first impressions visitors get of our homes and we think that anyone who visits this customer’s house will be suitably impressed!
With SCS, maintenance is minimal. If the front door started to look tired again in the future, the customer would simply need to clean it with Net-Trol and then re-coat it with SCS. This will likely not be for a number of years to come though!
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