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    Oak Veener doors. Some advice on using varnish.

    Hi folks

    I am looking to buy some some oak veener internal doors, probably 4 panel for upstairs and 2 pane glass glazed doors for downstairs. Cant' afford for real oak so will go for the cheaper ones.

    Been looking around and just require some advice if that is possible. I managed to find some on Wickes and going to be ordering them in the next day or so as they have a sale on.

    One question on this, I want to use clear varnish so we get the best possible finish. if we decide to go with varnishing them ourselves. I am assuming these need to be varnished before we get them attached to the frame and best to do this before they are attached?

    How best would it be to do this? I am going to need to rest them on the garage wall but i am thinking how will i get around the whole door with varnish. Am i going to need to wait till they dry before doing them the other side? Would it be advised to use something like a treastle for me to balance a door, paint one side, wait till it dries and then paint the other side?

    Something like this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...?!!!!!ho01f-21

    Any advice on this would be most appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Your link is bost, mate.

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    Have you looked at alternatives, such as wax?

    If you do varnish and want to lay flat, screw some screws in the top and bottom and lay wet side down on the screws. Laying it flat will attract every single speck of dust or grit on to the surface.

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    A door is best painted/varnished in situ, as it may need adjustments when being hung that would ruin the finish. there is a proper sequence for painting a door,
    Last edited by creese; 15th July 2014 at 01:17 PM.

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    As @creese says, a door is best finished when hung so that any alterations, cutting etc do not damage the finish.

    As these are internal doors a coat or two of an acrylic based varnish will be all you need. These acrylic products are easy to use, tools wash in water and give a good finish if you take your time.

    SOURCE: Ran my own property business for a while

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    Use something like this:
    GBP 14.15 Dulux Trade Quick Dry Varnish Clear
    Trade is much better than retail.

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    I'd use a a quick dry matt or satin varnish applied in situ. Personally I only use varnish for external stuff, for internal use on nice wood I'd use 'Danish' or 'Antique' oil.

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