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Dip Stripping

If your door or window is painted and you wish to have a raw timber, or ready-to-paint, we can have it dip stripped.

Dip stripping is a process that involves placing a door or window into a tank of chemical solution, which strips the paint from it.

Often after a dip strip, the item will still need up to an hour of sanding to have it completely paint free (For an additional $50/hour).

Please note that dip stripping comes with the minor risk of bowing or damaging the door, although this only happens in rare occasions, it is important that you are aware of this. In the case that your item is not suitable for dip stripping, we can still offer you a hand-stripping service.


If you’re looking for a fresh start by covering your door with another coat of paint, then sanding away the old paint and thereby achieving a smooth finish might be the right approach. If the paint on the door is just one or two coats thick, and those coats are already flaking, then sanding is probably the right solution.

Sanding a wood door is best achieved with two different sanders. A hand-held belt sander should be used for the initial surface removal, and then a palm sander should be used for a quality finish.

You can see on the image the difference between before (right) and after (left) sanding.

The price depends on how much sanding the door needs.

Window sash repair

Rot repair

When a window has a rotten area, it is important to identify the damaged section and have it removed.

Our rot repair process involves cutting out the rotten area and then replacing it with a matching timber by gluing, nailing or clamping it.

The price depends on the amount of rot repair needed, and it is generally calculated by how many areas or corners are rotten.

Sash repair

Window sash repair is the most common service required. Wellington’s weather usually deteriorates any piece of timber not well treated or finished.

Sometimes it can be tricky, especially when we talk about sill repair, however our experienced joiners are ready to repair your items properly.

Feel free to send any inquiries with pictures attached, our joiners can have a look and we will give you some options to proceed.

Size Adjustment


If the door or window you choose doesn’t match your requirements, we offer a service to extend it to your size.

We recommend a maximum of 75mm extensions per side (keeping proportions of your item) but it can go larger if necessary.

The process involves matching the timber on the provided item, then gluing, nailing and clamping it.


If your item is too large, we offer a service to trim it down to your  required size.

The process involves ensuring that we have the correct measurements then using a specialized saw to make accurate and straight cuts. Please note that we suggest keeping proportions of your item.

Hardware adjustments

Hinges swap

If your selected door or window has its hinges on the opposite side of what you desire, we can change it for you.

The process includes packing the existing hinges and rebating new ones in predetermined locations.

Please note that if you want to swap door hinges, you may need to pair it with our mortise/handle packing  services.

Mortise/Handle Packing

If the door you have chosen has a handle/lock hole that you don’t need, we can cover it with our handle packing services.

The process involves matching the timber on the provided item, fitting it to the hole and sanding it flush.

The finished product is hardly noticeable and provides a clean slate to work from.

Mortise and handle installation

Once you have chosen your door, we can install hardware in it. Our store has a stock of recycled mortises and handles to choose from, but you can also purchase your own.

Installing hardware can be done in two ways, depending on your choice of door. The first option is if the door already has rebates that match the chosen hardware.

The second option is packing the existing holes in the door, and re-chiseling out a rebate for the new mortise. The second option is commonly used by our customers, as it allows you to personalise the position and shape of the new handle.



Don’t buy new!

Keeping the original style of your doors and window sashes can add value to your property, at the same time you are choosing to reduce unnecessary wood waste.

Here at No. 8 Building Recyclers we work hard to be sustainable.

We made it to the list of The 8 Best Home Builders in Wellington by Top Reviews

Why Choose Us

Our company achieves sustainability goals through the use of recycled materials.

We have the best selection of recycled and restored doors, windows and floorboards.

We mainly work with native New Zealand timber, such as Rimu, Kauri and Matai.

Our carpenter has over 20 years experience.

Our items have been fairly obtained, mostly from demolitions, renovations and auctions.

Our prices are very competitive.

We are committed to the environment by segregating our recyclables.