Stripping Doorframe (Stripping Trim2)
So my 1922 rowhome has wood trim throughout that has clearly been painted many, many times. The most recent time (perhaps by PO's - who were flipping this place - but not entirely sure) someone did not prime or sand, as the paint on many of my doors is chipping and/or peeling off of the old coats.
tonight I did a test area on the door and door frame molding of my basement door. I chose this door for 2 reasons, first being if I did not continue, no big deal, its just the basement. But the main reason is that the door doesn't close properly b/c the many layers of paint make it stick. I want to be able to make the door fit better without replacing the door (its a solid 5-panel door).
Before continuing, I have a bunch of questions but I'll start with these(many more after the recent other thread on Stripping Trim).
1) how do I know if there is lead paint under there? Do I assume so given the age of the house and that most of the doors/trim are original?
2) the other thread said that if you get down to wood w/o varnish then stop and do not proceed. is this true? It's so hard for me to tell when stripping through so many layers.
3) Finally, a design question. As noted above, one purpose is to improve function. but i also have design concerns. All of the trim/doors/windows has been painted white. Which is nice for brightness. if i strip this door (and potentially others) would I be foolish to just paint it white again (just doing the job right) or should I consider stain to highlight the trim.
thanks - these forums are amazing. sorry for the long post!