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Posted on Finish Raised Panel Doors Before Assembly?

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 08:16 PM

Alan,

There’s a lot to be said for prefinisihing components, but for a panel its especially desirable. I install panels completely finished and waxed. Why not? Its a lot quicker and easier to spread the finish and polish it on the panel before its installed. And, as Jmos so rightly points out, you avoid build up at edges and corners. Its also really great for dealing with glue squeeze out. You can just wipe away the glue off the finish with a damp cloth. Lots of mass produced furniture (not always cheap stuff either) skips this step and when the panel shifts it shows a raw unfinished edge. One tip to consider is that you should sand the interior edges of the frame components before assembly so as not to scratch the finish.


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