How to Put Lacquer on Pine Doors

Written by emily beach
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Although pine is a relatively soft wood, it is often used for interior doors, particularly in residential applications. Pine is relatively affordable and plentiful in North America and many other regions. It is available in a variety of colours, including white, red and yellow. Depending on the species and cut, pine doors may contain knots, voids and other flaws. Many homeowners find these types of flaws attractive, particularly those who enjoy a more rustic design. When finishing pine doors, it's important to treat the wood carefully to achieve an even, smooth finish.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Sawhorses
  • Sandpaper (medium and fine grits)
  • Pine sealer
  • Paint brush
  • Foam brush
  • Rags
  • Lacquer (clear or coloured)

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  1. 1

    Remove the door from the hinges. Use a screwdriver to take the hinges off the door completely. This will allow you to apply lacquer to the entire unit. Once the hinges are removed, place the door on a pair of sawhorses.

  2. 2

    Protect the floor around your workspace with dust sheets or newspapers. Make sure the area is well-ventilated because lacquer can be dangerous in closed spaces.

  3. 3

    Sand away any scratches or marks on the door. For deep scratches or gouges, use a medium-grit paper. For smaller marks, use a fine-grit paper. Go over all sanded areas with a very fine sandpaper once all marks are removed. This will create a smooth surface.

  4. 4

    Treat the door with a wood sealer that is designed for soft woods like pine. Because pine is so soft and porous, any finish products that you apply will soak into some areas while resting on the surface in others. By applying a pine sealer, you can help the wood accept the lacquer more evenly.

  5. 5

    Test the lacquer on an out-of-the-way part of the door. Allow the door to dry completely, then check the colour and finish. Make sure you like the colour and appearance of the lacquer before applying it to the rest of your door.

  6. 6

    Use a foam brush to apply lacquer generously to the surface of the door. Drag the brush across the wood grain, then use a clean rag to wipe the lacquer back down along the grain. Wipe away any excess material before proceeding.

  7. 7

    Repeat Step 6 to coat all edges and corners of the door. Make sure that you've covered all surface areas with lacquer, including joints and moulding.

  8. 8

    Allow the door to dry completely, then apply a second coat of lacquer to the entire unit. Make sure to cover all six sides and edges of the door. Once the second coat has dried, reinstall hardware and hang the door.

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