exterior door

Old 02-08-11, 04:13 PM
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Can you prime an exterior wood door before you "stain" it? This door is very old and beat up and I cannot get it smooth to apply a nice stain on it so I thought I would prime it first then apply stain. I can then do a woodgrain finish on it using two different stain colors.

Old 02-08-11, 05:17 PM
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What are you planning on "priming" it with? You can't use a paint type primer as it will turn the door slightly white. Then you would have to paint it. There are sealers you can apply, but they will restrict the amount of stain the door will take. What type wood is the door made from?
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You could prime the door and do a faux finish on it but I wouldn't recommend that for an exterior door unless it's well protected from the elements.

IMO if the door's condition is too rough for stain/poly you are better off patching any rough spots, priming and then painting it.

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If the doors in that bad a shape replace it. Trying to micky mouse it will look bad.
There is no primer for stain and adding more layers of anything will not make it look any better.
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As Mark said, this would probably not hold up to the elements well but you could fill the holes on the door, prime it and then create a wood grain look with a couple different paint colors

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