Staining Wooden Garage Door

Old 10-13-15, 02:36 PM
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Question Staining Wooden Garage Door

I have searched wide and far and it seems this is not a common question.

I live in California, the garage doors face east.

I have considered the following stains:
- Behr
- Superdeck
- Cabot
- Thompsons

Seems like someone has something bad to say about all of them. I would like to get something that is readily available and doesn't cost 100 / gallon.

I want something transparent or semi-transparent so we can see the grain, and I want something darker, closer to the original.

The attached picture shows two doors, the one on the left is the original, and the one on the right I have already cleaned with the Behr Wood cleaner.

All tips/ideas/thoughts are appreciated!

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Old 10-13-15, 02:58 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

Check with the folks at your local paint store [not a paint dept] and see what they say. Here in the southeast we rarely stain garage doors anymore because the sun is too hard on the finish. In fact it's rare to see a wooden door any more as most have been replaced with steel.

It's a little hard to tell from the pics - is it a wooden overlay? How are the doors constructed?

Thomson's WaterSeal is a short lived coating. I don't know that I've ever used any Behr stain. Both Cabot and SuperDeck have a good reputation.
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Thank you for the response!

Yes, wooden garage doors are not common here either, but that is what was installed on all the houses in this development. I am the third owner of the home.

The wood is an overlay.

The good thing is I think the doors should only receive sun half or less than half of the day.
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Any idea what type wood that is?
It's a pay me know or pay me latter deal, cut cost and it is going to be more of an on going year after issue then it already will be.
Stain it a dark color and it's going to effect the door even more.
If I had to do one I would use Sikkens.
Cetol DEKŪ Finish | Exterior Stain | Sikkens ProLuxe US
It's what antique boat restores use.
It's about $70.00 a gal.
No way would I us any Thompson or Bauer product for this!
Want to seal it then use Bristol Finish, once again but has 5 times the UV protection of Min Wax Helmsman marine spar, drys fast, (three coats in a day) high build up, self leveling.
Bristol Finish | High Performance Wood Coatings

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