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DrDirt

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#1 posted 11-05-2018 02:48 PM

I would sand it… then see if the color is uniform. most factory finishes are tinted.. so that if you ordered the same door a year later, it would be the same color from batch to batch.

If it is blotchy after sanding (and wetting the surface), then use a stain to get the color evened out.

Then Finish with a clear varnish… I like General Finishes… and would go to this. I know from some of the magazine tests, they say that “Epifanes” is the best/longest lasting – - I have never used it, so don’t know. Just since it is an exterior application, you need the UV protection.

Just know that whatever you choose, will require more maintenance than that factory finish did… so it will be less than 16 years before you need to do it again. :-P

https://www.rockler.com/general-finishes-exterior-450-water-based-varnish-satin?sid=V9146?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&utm_content={adtype}&utm_campaign=PL&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=(ROI)%20Shopping%20-%20Top%20Sellers&utm_content=finishing&utm_term=finish&msclkid=39e93c88c65b15db8f10676891826956

The bottom of the door is common for that, so many put a kickplate on the door. But yours looks really good for 16 years… the plates are more common in snowy areas.

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