The process includes removing all the hardware from the door and repairing any chips, scratches, nicks, or spots. Setup is simple but it is recommended that two people are available when it is time to flip the doors. Once attached, both sides of the doors can be sprayed and stacked out of the way for drying.
The Finishing System includes two steel plates with handles on each attached with brass eyelets. Each plate is securely screwed into the center of either end of a door with a #8 x 1 1/4 inch Phillips wafer head screw (included with purchase) prior to paint or stain application. One pair used on each door is the best method for the average height/weighted door. Once the Door Deckers are attached, painting can begin. Spray one side and then with one person on each end of the door, flip the door and spray the opposite side. Then move the door to an out-of-the-way location for stacking and drying. Continue the process with each additional door. The interlocking system of the steel plates allows for the Door Deckers to balance against each other while stacked. This horizontal painting and drying process creates application finishes without runs or sags and stacked up and out of the way for drying - great for saving space on a job site.
To ensure the paint build-up between the steel plate and the door itself, the contractor or painter will need to use a knife or sharp edge to score around the edges of the Door Decker before removing the steel plates. This will remove the risk of tearing the paint around the edges of the door.
When painting or staining hollow-core doors in apartment complexes, it is recommended to stack the doors for drying only 8-10 doors high. Because the doors are lightweight, they are able to be stacked higher but be aware that warping can occur if left too long in a horizontal position. Included in every box of Door Deckers is an optional tool called the On-Edge Rubber Feet that can be used to help combat warping.
When painting or staining solid-core doors, it is recommended to stack the doors only 3-4 doors high. In addition, if the doors are not only heavy but also long, using 3 (for a tripod) or 4 (for a “quad-stack”) Door Deckers will create a more sturdy stack.
Cleaning Door Deckers from Mr. Speed’s Painting Tools is a simple process. Toss the Door Deckers into an empty five-gallon bucket and soak them in either water or paint thinner, depending on the application type covering the tools. Rinse well and air dry.
Door Deckers from Mr. Speed’s Painting Tools are amazingly sturdy and can be used to paint interior, exterior and metal doors, shelves, and shutters of apartment complexes. Contractors and painters have discovered that painting can be done with rollers, paint sprayers, or brushes because of the design of this remarkable tool.