The doors are looking a bit dire
Q Can you suggest the best way that I can improve the look of my rear wooden doors?
TURBO1948, via the CB website
A TONY REPLIES… It depends on whether they are solid wood or plywood, which might be veneered. If they are not veneered they will probably have been stained to match the surrounding wood. With modern veneered ply the veneer is very thin, and it is all too easy to sand or scrape right through to the wood underneath.
I can’t see any water staining, so suspect sanding down to as fine a finish as possible without removing the veneer and then applying several coats of varnish might be the easiest way. If you expose bare wood or veneer, thin the first coat with 10% white spirit. A professional might scrape off the varnish and top layer of lighter wood, but the mouldings and panels would be difficult, and if veneered, a scraper will almost certainly take the veneer off. The only other thing is to sand down, smooth and paint with a very light brown or off-cream colour.