This is my third post on removing the ancient alligatored finish on the inner pair of entry doors to the 1894 Cross House. This is the BEFORE image, and also before I removed the non-original sconces.
And AFTER, baby! One door down. One more to go!
You can really appreciate just how horrible the old alligatored finish was. It totally diminished the beauty of the doors. As noted in the previous post, the revealed finish IS the original color. The technique I use does not remove the finish down to bare wood, it just removes the later alligatored finishes.
And the fabulous Yale & Towne door plate was not looking its best, either.
And AFTER! I still have to refinish the lock, doorknob, and screws. I remain forever stunned that somebody did not replace the hardware at some point. Thank God. Can you imagine, say, a 1970s lockset on this door? Oh, the horror!