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Refinishing 100year old int doors- help!

16 years ago

This is the first time I've done this, so please help me to not screw it up! :-)

I have stripped the layers (and I mean, layers...) of paint off of my old interior wood doors. My home is around 100years old so every type of paint since paint was invented is on the door.

Now that it is stripped, HOW do you get the paint that seeped into the pores of the wood, cracks, etc. removed?

The wood is gorgeous amber-red heart of pine. Too beautiful to repaint. I would like to stain and shellac the doors. I have heard that boiled linseed oil is another way to go, then shellac it - but, I don't know anything about that. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

So, removing every bit of paint is imperative. I have been using a paste paint stripper, a nylon scrub brush and a metal scraper (just for removing the lifted layers of paint).

What can I do to remove the seeped in paint? I 'think' some of it is surely lead-paint because some of it barely moves even with the chemical stripper.

Thanks for any advice you can offer.

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