Q: I have an oak front door that has been stained a reddish color. It is covered with shellac that has been peeling. I removed most of the shellac with a razor and discovered scratches on the door. Most of these scratches are not deep and would probably disappear with sanding. What grade sandpaper should I use, and will it alter the stain color? Also, what should I use to protect the door after sanding? A: The front door is the gateway to your home. A well-maintained one leaves a first and lasting impression of either "wow" or "yuck." To do the job right, strip the entire door. But please put away your razor blade. Use a chemical stripper instead to remove the remainder of the finish. We don't think the finish is shellac. Shellac is an alcohol-based resin used to finish interior wood...
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