New wood front door


Old 11-16-00, 12:04 PM
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I am buying a new solid wood front entry door. I would like to put a light stain on it to enhance the grain, then put a protective finish on it. What is the recommended approach to staining doors and what is a recommended finish to use?
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Old 11-17-00, 04:36 PM
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Even a new door will need some sanding, although probably not as much as one that is being REfinished.

I usually apply stain with a brush, wiping the excess away before it dries. You'll want to stain the top and bottom of the doors as well (the part you CAN'T see) as an extra measure of protection agains warping and moisture absorption.

Check with a good paint store about the finish. Depending on the orientation of your house in relation to the sun, you may want to consider a finish with UV inhibitors built in to prevent the color you choose from fading over time.

I would suggest either a standard varnish or polyurethane finish. They're both relatively easy to apply and fairly durable, as well as being readily available in a variety of sheens.

When applying the finish, again, remember the top and bottom edges of the door.

George T.
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