Staining hollow doors


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Old 03-25-05, 10:23 PM
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Staining hollow doors

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I have several hollow raised panel interior doors I purchased from a home center. They have simulated wood grain and are primed white. They are not really wood but some composit. I was told when I purchased the doors that they could be stained to match my wood trim. I have tried just about everyting and I can't seem to get it right.

My moldings are pine stained with golden oak stain, and poly. I tried jell stain, several combinations of other stains, but no good. I can't get the grooves darker than the raised part of the grain to get the wood look.

Can this be done or am I doomed to painting all my doors. I already painted 6 doors and prefer to stain them if possible as well as all my other, still priimed, doors.

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Old 03-26-05, 04:23 AM
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If the doors have primer on them, painting is the next step. If you want to stain them, you will need to strip them. An alternative might be this kit that includes a roller of a fashion that will allow you to make a wood grain pattern on the smooth surface. This is sometimes used on fiberglass or steel door to simulate a wood grain pattern.
 
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Old 03-26-05, 08:31 AM
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Whomever gave you that information is wrong. Even if you strip them, I doubt very highly that you'd even be able to stain them at that point since their a simulated wood and not real wood. I just can't see how the stain could take to those doors and make it look half way decent. Sorry, but you're going to end up painting them. The doors you got, if with a jamb, cost you about $ 30.00-$60.00?
 
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Old 03-26-05, 09:11 PM
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Thanks for the info. I was afraid I was going to have to paint them. But before I do I would like to try the simulated wood paint. Does anyone know what it is called or where I could get it. Thanks...
 
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Old 03-27-05, 06:35 AM
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The simulated wood grain kits are available at HD and Lowes. In the paint department.
 
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Old 03-27-05, 09:37 AM
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Masonite doors were never designed to be stained. However since you can simulate wood on metal I see no reason it can't be done on your doors. It is not a simple process but I believe would be worth giving a try after all the only other option is to paint. Unfortunatly a lot of sales people have no real knowledge about the products they sell.
 
 

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