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Did I really get replies from 3 Pauls on this board? That's pretty funny.

I don't know that I know the difference between solid core and solid wood - I think they're solid wood - they're solid, they're a flat slab door, original to the 60 year old house. I thought about buying new solid pine doors, but I just don't want to spend another $500 + the cost of having the holes made and the hinge cuts.

A friend came to help today and we scraped one layer of paint off one of the doors. It seems there's a top layer of water based paint, then 2 or 3 layers of old oil based paint. No primer between the top and bottom layers. The top layer came off easily, the others, not so much.

Is there a good low toxicity stripper? I might think of using that. It's just more difficult for me to set out to strip them down, because they're so heavy and I'd have to move them out to the shed to do the stripping. I can sand and scrape them where they are right now.

Otherwise, I think what I will have to do is to chip as much of the top coat of paint off, sand as much as I can, put maybe 2 coats of primer on them, and paint the semi-gloss trim. Maybe I can set out to replace them one or two at a time.

Any recommendations on the stripping compounds that are good? I haven't used any of that stuff in years.

Rita
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