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Old 12-16-2016, 01:15 AM   #1
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I'm trying to figure out the most efficient way of finishing 8' solid core doors onsite without messing up my finish. I've thought of stacking them on top of each other to spray tops and bottoms, then what?

Standing them doesn't appeal to me either, cause I would need to set them on stickers to keep them off the floor, possibly damaging the finish there. This would also require putting nails into the top, or securing them with QuickTruss' system. The builder does not want holes in the top or bottom and I don't want to have to fill them with putty.

Maybe I answered my own question, but I'm looking for options.

Is stacking them the only way? I currently use 1x3's on top of 2x3's cut into 3" square blocks (Thank you Ridersize!). If I stack the doors, I'll need to cut blocks out of 4x4 posts or something. I wonder if 1x3's will be able to hold the weight of an 8' Solid Mahogany door???

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Lay the doors on their side to finish the bottom first. You might want to use a clear coat or Breakthrough. Then stand the doors up and use Surestands to hold up pairs of doors and finish the tops and sides at the same time. This way you don't have to put any holes in the doors because the SureStands use the existing hinge mortise to help you hold up the doors.

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Thanks for the shout out, Csbeepee. When you go to lay the doors down just remember to pad the surface that they rest on. For example if you were to put the door on edge on the floor to work on them or handle them. Put rags or towels, or clean cardboard on the floor. If you don't the heal of the door will get small dents, pits, etc. Especially if there is any tiny debris or sand there.

I would use pnwpainters advice, and do the top too so I wouldn't have to get on a ladder to shoot down on each door, (I put cardboard over tops of doors to stop the overspray from going over them onto the reverse sides or ceilings, too.) I prefer brushing a sealer into the grain for the tops and bottoms as opposed to spray. Either way may work though.

When the bottoms are dry and you set them up, possibly use a block that is thinner than the door so it won't damage the visible bottom edges of doors. I have grabbed mdf trim scrap and cut them at 1.25" wide so basically they don't stick out from under the door. Then if the doors leans one way while being set up or taken down it won't hurt anything. I use a finish nail gun to shoot those onto the bottoms but I see you don't want holes...
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