Staining New MDF Door


Old 07-18-08, 02:35 PM
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Staining New MDF Door

Due to a limited selection of interior door styles I would like to use an oil based wood stain on an MDF primed interior door that I have found. Will this give me the "wood" look I am after? Is it different or more difficult than painting?
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Old 07-18-08, 03:12 PM
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Doors that are pre-primed are paint grade. That means you paint them, not stain them. If you want to stain, you'll need to use a different door that has bare wood.
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It is possible to make a painted/primed door look like stained or natural wood using a faux graining/painting technique...... but that is easier said than done.

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Yeah, you can make this door look like you stained it, but you can't stain it.
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Exclamation Resolved my own question

I purchased a kit from and did three steel entry doors and a masonite closet door for $35. I still have material left over. It was easy and you can't tell the difference from real wood. There are more faux finishes than appear on their website so go to a dealer for brochures and advice.
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