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Whether it is made of wood, PVC or aluminum, the door gives access to the different rooms of the house. Pivot or sliding doors are unfortunately not immune to wear and tear; it is therefore essential to know the different techniques for repairing and renovating doors. Find more articles on the theme: Work quotes for a renovation or a door installation
Renovation of wooden doors
It is not difficult to give a new look to your doors; however, the process can sometimes seem long. The first step is to strip a door covered with several layers of paint. To do this, heat the paint using a heat gun, taking care not to leave the gun too long in one place. You can then scrape it off with a painter's knife. You will need a wire brush to scrape off the paint on the moldings. You will probably notice that the wood is slightly damaged in some places. You will have to strip the damaged parts with sandpaper in order to smooth the surface. For damaged moldings, first use a fine wire brush and a steel wool before gently dusting the door.
Repairing and finishing wooden doors
You can use wood pulp to hide imperfections that were camouflaged under the paint. The finish will essentially depend on the look you want to give your door. By using polyurethane varnish, the wood will tend to yellow over time, which will give it a vintage effect. Acrylic varnish yellows more slowly and is less toxic than polyurethane varnish, but it is significantly less resistant. You can also use wax but you will need to repeat the process several times. By opting for a colored stain, you will obtain a more aesthetic effect.
The maintenance of the doors is very simple but it must be regular in order to avoid any risk of premature wear. - For wooden doors, always use a damp sponge and rinse with water to avoid damaging the material. You will then have to dry the surface of the door using a clean, dry cloth, never using a high-pressure cleaner, which could weaken the wood. - If your doors are made of PVC, you will also need to clean them with a damp sponge and rinse them with clean water. At all costs, avoid using acetone-based products for the maintenance of PVC doors. - For cleaning aluminum doors, you can use a damp sponge and clear water, taking care to clean only the non-abrasive parts. Do not use any solvent during maintenance of aluminum doors as this may reduce the color of the lacquer on the entire treated surface.