Technical

London Door Stripping - Technical.

Doors are stripped in hot caustic soda for between 20 and 60 minutes. When the doors are completely stripped of all paint, their taken out of the caustic soda and steam cleaned with a pressure washer.

The door is then dipped in second tank containing acetic acid to neutralise of any caustic soda residue. Neutralising prevents any reactions when a finishing coat is applied.

After neutralising, the doors are placed in a heated drying room with dehumidifiers until all moisture is removed and doors are completely dry.

PREPARATIONS THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN BEFORE YOUR DOORS ARE COLLECTED:

  • Doors must be stripped of all handles and other door furniture.

  • Doors must be marked on the top and a corresponding mark made on the door frame. This helps you identify the correct door for your frames if we treat more than one door.

  • Work is usually completed within 7 to 10 days maximum, providing that there are no complications in the stripping process.

  • For a waxed finish our service takes approximately two to three weeks because we have to make sure the door is completely dry before we can sand, shellac and apply a finishing coat of wax.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Doors which have been painted with water based (acrylic) primer and paint cannot be stripped using our normal process. We need to use different chemicals and hand strip the door. In the event we find a door that has been painted in this way there will be a charge of £40 per door for stripping. If this cost is unacceptable your door(s) will be returned.