Stripping- Exterior Same day

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Stripping- Exterior Same day


Same day door stripping

Exterior doors can be stripped within 1 working day.  Either you can bring the door to us before 11.00am (with prior notice please) or we can collect the door if you are local to our area.  In this case there is a collection and delivery charge and the door should be removed ready for collection.  In all cases ironwork  should ideally be removed from the door as this can become damaged during the stripping process.


If your door has glass in it  we sadly cannot take any responsibility for any damage and would always advise removal prior to treatment.  However we would point out that your risk factor of breakage when removing is well over 50%,  whereas our experience lowers the risk to around 5%.  Stained glass is completely different and does always need to be removed before stripping as often the weight of the water can push on the leads which will then give and thus damage a whole panel.

Just to let you know that we can do full repairs on any stained glass door/ window. Here we can remove the panel, board up the space, and two to four weeks later the now completely rebuilt stained glass panel will be re-fitted - making it as good as the day when it was first made. 

It can be difficult to estimate the price to strip an exterior door due to the differences in size, number of coats of paint etc. however as a general guide a standard door costs around £125 - 150  + VAT for a same day door service , with collection and delivery extra.

Please read the following before having an item stripped.


The stripping of doors has been around since the early 1980s, removing the numerous coats of paints on each door and leaving a generally good timber surface to prepare and then varnish, wax or oil - or indeed repaint.  This also removes the coats of paint that were so thick that they chpped easily and reveals the moulding of the door that was sometimes hardly visible.  It is still a very successful method, relatively cheap to do and saves you a great deal of work as well as the costs of materials. However please note the following:

Since the late 1980s many of these stripped doors have now been repainted and the choice of paints has changed dramatically to include water-based and cellulose based paints, for example.  These can sometimes create a problems if you now choose to re-dip your door.

Water- based paints are very hard to remove, simply because they are water-based producsts and the process of stripping a door is mainly carried out using a very diluted chemical in water.  Cellulose is diffiuclt as it sinks into the top few mm of the door and clings; hence some doors strip hardly at all whilst in others it may lift the grain.  This is more noticeable on modern doors and furniture.  If the grain does lift the item will be ok,  however there is then quite a considerable amount of preparation to be done. 

Colour- based stains, particularly the mahogany based stains, are almost impossible to remove - this very heavy red dye has sunk into the surface of the door. All doors that have had any of these treatments therefore come with a warning as once the process of stripping has started we cannot stop it.

Finally sometimes it is just impossible to tell whether a door has had these types of treatment, (perhaps you have just moved house and don't know) so we all then unfortunately just have to take a chance. 

Stripping a solid timber standard sized door (which is around 30" x 78") with all the ironwork removed i.e. handles, hinges and all items on the surface of the door,



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