Sanding gloss - confused

4 Jun 2004
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I have painted a new external hardwood door and done a first coat of gloss but it needs a second coat. I am bit confused though. There are a few bits and dead flies that have settled on the paint work, so from looking at other posts I think I should wait a week or so for it all to dry and then sand the bits out. But do I just sand the parts that have the bits, I won't need to sand the whole door will I? I've wondered about this on window sills and doors where they might get bashed. Is there a technique for 'repairing' a small area of glossed woodwork?
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When re-glossing you have to let the first coat dry enough so that its hard enough to be able to sand onto. Use some wet'n'dry dipped in water and gently rub the woodwork over following the grain of the wood. Dry it off and give it another coat of gloss but slightly thinned. This should give you a nice shine and will last longer.
Thanks Robbie. Do I need to sand the whole door, including the thin bits that hold the glass in (beading?)? Also wondering how to patch some interior door frames that have suffered some knocks and scuffs?
Yes do all of the door. Doesnt matter too much about the beading.
Regarding the door frames, it easier to do all of the frame rather than trying patch it. It will always be noticable.
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