Stain for Wood Garage Door


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Old 09-09-14, 11:06 AM
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Stain for Wood Garage Door

I have a 14 year old Wayne Dalton wood door (I think itís hemlock) and the previous stain / poly on it was starting to flake off so I need to figure out whatís the best thing to put on this door. I want the grain to show thru (as it always has) and I don't mind adding a slight bit of color. I originally went with a Ben Moore semi-transparent stain, and it looked like the door had been painted (the color and transparency was so different than the color book, the paint store guy even said "that's not right"), so I had them sand that off to start from scratch. I wanted to put a poly over whatever stain I chose (for longevity), but Cabot and Flood have said they donít recommend poly over their stains. Anyone have any recommendations of products that will give me at least 5 good years?
 
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Old 09-09-14, 11:30 AM
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What type of finish is currently on the door? pics might be helpful

Years ago we used to stain/poly garage doors but it's almost impossible to get a long term finish with poly on the exterior - even using spar poly or varnish. While you can apply poly over most paints and solid stains it doesn't necessarily add any life to the coating, mostly it's done for adding sheen. I don't recall ever having applied poly/varnish over a translucent or semi-transparent stain.
 
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Old 09-09-14, 11:40 AM
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OK then... some others have told me similar things as well. Guess I'll skip the poly.

After today, there will be no finish on the door. The painters are sanding off the horrendous maroon "stain" that they put on there.
 
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Old 09-09-14, 11:49 AM
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I know it doesn't look as nice but you are really better off with oil base primer and latex house paint as it will last longer. There is a reason why steel garage doors have become so popular - most any coating applied will last longer and no worry about rot.

If you must continue with a translucent or toner stain, figure on cleaning and recoating as needed. The more sun/rain the door gets, the shorter the life of the stain will be.
 
 

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