Paint or Solid Stain over Stain and Varnish

Old 07-19-14, 07:55 AM
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Paint or Solid Stain over Stain and Varnish

My garage door and front door were originally stained and vanished wood. House is 30+ years old. Five years ago a painter re-varnished the front doors and used a solid stain over the garage door. For some reason he used a deck stain (Sherwin Williams Deckscapes water based) on the garage door vs. a siding stain or paint). Now the front door is again weathered looking and the garage door needs to be redone as the very bottom of the door has paint cracking and chipping (the rest of the garage door looks OK beyond needing a cleaning).

I think I'm going to give up trying to re-do the front door in a clear stain and varnish and just paint it or use a solid color stain on it .

I'm wondering if I should be using exterior paint or a solid color exterior stain or if they will be equally OK. I plan on just cleaning the doors (and scraping sanding the weathered area) and do not plan on totally removing the underlying finish.

I know stain is really for applying to bare wood or previously stained wood which will let it soak in, but it also seems like the solid color stains are pretty much the same as paint to my uninformed mind. Am I wrong on this? Are there reasons I should use the solid color stain vs. exterior paint or vice versa?
Old 07-19-14, 12:33 PM
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A deck stain is basically a better grade of siding stain. IMO it would have been better to prime and paint the garage door and that is what I'd recommend for the entry door if you no longer want it stain/poly.

I'd sand the poly and apply a solvent based primer, that will insure adhesion over the existing poly. You can then apply a coat or two of your choice of paint [either latex or oil base]

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