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tigergrl
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wood front door stain
My front door is stained and is lacking the shine after 4 years. Any advice on what I can apply to not look so dull and dry? Thanks


Art Vandelay
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re: wood front door stain
Paint


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White Bear
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re: wood front door stain
I refinished our wood door a few times. The original varnish will be hell to remove, I used stripper from Sherwin Williams that has a jelly like consistency, and sanded/ scraped a lot of it off. Re-stained as needed as only the lower portion of my door was faded/bad/caught sunlight and condensation from the windows. Then applied 4-5 coats of Minwax Helmsman Spar varnish. It’s a job, I cut a piece of osb to serve as a temp door, had to remove door to work on it.
Sand and a good exterior latex paint would be easier.
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RichJ
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re: wood front door stain
Sand, and apply either spar varnish, or polyurethane topcoat...


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gumbo2176
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re: wood front door stain
If the finish is not cracked and is just dull looking, a good sanding and then a good wipe down to remove any dust is in order before applying a few coats of finish.

Personally, if dead set on just refreshing the finish, I'd use a marine spar varnish as I think it will last longest before needing attention again-------and it will.

Now, if it were mine. I'd sand it all down, wipe it down and prime and paint it with a top grade semi-gloss or eggshell latex paint and not have to worry about it until you want to change colors.

My front door takes a lot of afternoon sun and is painted with Sherwin Williams top grade exterior latex semi-gloss and looks as good as the day it was painted 4 years ago.



Bayou
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re: wood front door stain
I second the paint route!
Paint will be maintenance free whereas stain is always a maintenance battle...especially if your door gets any sun.


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tankyank13
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re: wood front door stain
Paint and forget


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redfish99
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re: wood front door stain
Paint that bitch now. Youll be fighting a losing battle if you must have stain.


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Columbia
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re: wood front door stain
If you’re dead set on stain, then you need to invest in a high quality marine spar varnish to top coat with. The southern sun and moisture do a number on wood doors. Man O War is good, but Bristol Finish is the best I’ve used.


LSUtigerME
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I had someone paint it to look like stain, “Faux Finish” as it sometimes referred to.

I’ve done in in my last two homes. The first the stain was peeling and faded after only one summer. Had it painted and it lasted about 10 years before selling the house. I had it refinished as a condition of selling since it was just starting to chip and peel.

New house I had it faux finished from the beginning. It’s been 2 years now and still looks great.


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tigergrl
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re: wood front door stain
thank you. It doesn't get direct sun, stain and color are fine, just lacking that luster it once had. sanding and this marine varnish sound like the best (and probably easiest) option.


gumbo2176
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re: wood front door stain
quote:

sanding and this marine varnish sound like the best (and probably easiest) option.


One word of caution before you go balls to the wall sanding. If you sand too vigorously and get through the stain it will stick out like a sore thumb, so go as light as you can on the sanding, especially on edges like molding around panels if you have raised panels on your door.

The high edges of the rails and stiles can be taken down to bare wood pretty quickly, especially if using a power sander and too rough a grit sandpaper.


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