I own a cabinet shop and have received a large order, and I’m liming the doors. I have never done the procedure, and the customer needs the doors in a rush. The customer wants the grain of the doors to be white, but the top of the door to be clear. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have over 600 doors to do.
From contributor J:
I assume these are oak? This is the way I would do a production friendly version of this finish: Sand and seal coat, scuff the seal coat and spray a wash coat. Glaze the doors with a white glaze, working the glaze down into the grain. Wipe the flats clean of glaze. A powder glaze may speed things up and these are spayed on, dry quickly and then scuffed off with a scotch brite pad. After glazing, clear coat in the desired sheen X2 coats.
Will you be spraying and what type of equipment do you have? With 600 doors I am assuming they are interior doors but are all of them interior? Get back with a little more info and someone will get you all set up.
I also will assume these are oak, and whether or not they are raised panel or flat you are going to have to scrub the color into the pores or much of it will just bridge across. Pre-sand, and I wouldn't even bother to seal.
I would use a simple bin shellac primer tinted to the color desired, spray if you want or use a roller but you will still need to give it a quick scrub with a brush to get it pushed down into the grain. Then swipe off the flats as much as possible quickly without pulling it out of the grain and let it dry a bit. It should dry very quickly. Then you can finish removing the remaining residue with denatured alcohol. Clear coat, scuff sand and top coat with your chosen clear.
There are door cleat angles that can attach to the top of two doors at a time so that the doors can stand up and both sides and all edges (but the bottom) can be done at the same time.