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Oak Door Renovation Brundall Norfolk

Jump to Photos"ADVICE FROM A TREE"

After being contacted for some advice recently, I thought I should share my experiences on another project I undertook last summer.

A long standing client had asked me if there was anything I could do to bring back to life her solid oak front doors.

They had been fitted approximately 5yrs ago when the house was undergoing some major renovations, unfortunately the oak doors appeared to of not had a great deal of protection and had weathered extremely badly.

This is when social media works at its best, I had seen a product description with pictures online showing badly weathered timbers being brought back to their natural beauty, so I traced back the article and contacted Wilem at Fluaxf (www.fluxaf.com) and enquired about this product.

The product that he strongly recommended was “ Lacq Turbogel” this comes in 1lt 2.5lt and 20lt sizes, this is available through their webshop and also at My Paintbrush ( www.mypaintbrush.co.uk ).

Lacq Turbogel is a powerful cleaning gel for cleaning and refreshing weathered exterior timber.

The thixotropic formula makes Turbogel easy to apply on both horizontal and vertical surfaces.

The deep cleaning gel penetrates the wood and refreshes the weathered surface.

So with product in hand, I set to work on bringing life back into the solid oak front doors, after reading the instructions on the tin, I moistened all surfaces with clean water and then carefully opened the tin of Turbogel, stirred the product throughly do started to apply with a 2 ½’ brush, the thixotropic mixture as stated was easy to apply to the horizontal surfaces and wasn’tlong before I had coated all of one of the doors.

I then waited for 20 minutes or so before starting to remove the gel with my hard bristled scrubbing brush, with the scrubbing action the oak was coming alive before my very eyes, once I had removed all the visible gel, I then washed the door again with clean water, because the oak was badly weathered I repeated the process in an effort to remove any final traces of weathering.

Once I was satisfied with the first door I then repeated the same again with the other door and although both doors were wet, it was obvious that the Turbogel had worked its magic and around 95% of the weathering had been removed.

The next part of the job was to sand down all the surfaces and once the doors had dried out which took a good 24hrs, I was able to set about the sanding process, for this job I used my Festool ETS EC 150/5 EQ-PLIUS which of course was connected to the dust extractor, I started with an 80 grit disc which didn’t take long to remove any of the final traces of weathering, then moved onto a 120 grit disc, before finally switching over to my Festool RTS 400 sander for those fiddly areas.

With a final brush down to remove any traces of dust, the doors were now ready for oiling.

For this process I was going to use another Lacq product, this was their hardwood oil, this particular hardwood oil has a very high solids content (98%) , which means that a very high coverage is achieved with the first layer.

The oil brushed on exceptionally well and instantly brought back to life the rich tones within the oak, after allowing the oil to dry sufficiently a gentle and down was the undertaken with 180 grit discs which then smooths the surface ready for the 2nd coat, this process was repeated once more for the final 3rd coat.

As you can see from all the photos, before, during and after, the results speak for themselves and I along with my client was absolutely over the moon with the finished “brand new doors”.

Lacq Turbogel

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