Hi everyone. Long time no post, but I'm lurking!
We have numerous interior doors in our 1922 colonial revival. One set of double doors opens into our sun porch. When we bought the place it looked as if someone had hung from the outer corner of one of them (lots of children have lived in this house) and tried to swing the door; it was pulled askew and no longer fit with the other door. We had it repaired and it looks much better now, but of course when the carpenter took the components of the door apart to refit them, a lot of the white paint on them just stripped off. Since I am locked in a constant inner struggle between wanting to strip all the woodwork (HUGE HUGE job, and I am honest enough to admit that my follow-through is not always great) and just going with the flow keeping the woodwork painted... Well, here part of the job is done for me. A few of our doors are unaccountably still unpainted, so if I strip this pair I won't feel as if I'm embarking on a 100-years labor. I won't be forced to go on and do it all. The recent thread on Soy-Gel has me thinking it might not be so bad.
So, to make a long story longer, 1) strip or not? 2) if yes, then what do I put on the wood after the stripping is finished, since I'm guessing that what ever was put on the wood for the original finish will come off too. I'm not a fanatic preservationist about my old house, but I do believe in restoration and mindful renovation rather than modernization at all costs. What do you think?