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Sanding door frames to remove paint from doors (internal or external doors)

To prepare wooden doors for a new coat of paint, you should first carefully sand off any impaired coatings. This application example describes a quick and clean method for achieving an accurate result with coarse and fine sanding. Intermediate sanding for a new coat of paint is also explained.


    When renovating old wooden doors, whether internal or external, you must first remove old impaired coatings before applying a completely new coat of paint. The paint layer, which often consists of several coats, must be removed in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective manner. 

    Burning off with a hot air gun: Time-consuming and causes vapours that are toxic to the user
    Stripping or removal with a lye-based solution: Harmful to the environment and damages glue joints in framed doors 

    Solution: Sanding with the Rotex RO 150. This enables quick, clean and environmentally friendly removal of paint from a wooden door. 


    The following tools and accessories are recommended for use in this application example:

    Alternative tools

    The following tools and accessories are recommended as an alternative:


    • "Coarse sanding" method

      • Attach Granat P 40 to the Rotex sanding pad.
      • Adjust the sanding movement of the Rotex to "rotary motion". (coarse sanding)
      • Start at speed 2–3. You can even increase the speed if there is no clogging on the abrasive paper.
      • Sand off the old door paint. Hold the Rotex eccentric sander with both hands and guide it over the surface of the doors.

      Sanding off old door paint
    • "Fine sanding" method

      • Attach Granat P80 abrasive paper to the sanding pad.
      • Switch the sanding movement on the Rotex to eccentric motion (fine sanding).
      • The entire surface is now fine sanded with a grit size of 80. The sanding pad is placed flat against the surface and the tool is guided with slight pressure. Any sanding marks caused by the coarse P 40 abrasive paper are now sanded off. The final result is a surface ready for painting. The sanding finish can be further refined with P 120.

      Tip: Finer pre-sanding is required for the new generation of paints (VOC). In this case, the substrate must be prepared with a grit size P 150/P 180

      Fine sand the entire surface
    • Intermediate sanding for a new coat of paint 

      Intermediate sanding of the new undercoat (primer) is carried out with the same setting (fine sanding).
      Using Granat P 240-P 400 abrasive paper, you can achieve a top surface without sanding marks on the doors.

      Tip: With the new generation of VOC paints, also use fine grit sizes P320-P400 and reduce the speed when applying the abrasive (level 2–3).
      Alternatively, use Granat Net P240-P400.

      Intermediate sanding of the primer with the same settings
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