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Refinish front door...

by LJTy
posted 11-05-2018 01:28 PM


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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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Rich

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#2 posted 11-06-2018 04:23 PM

Give Howard Feed-N-Wax a try. You can buy it at Home Depot. I had a large wooden door that faced west. Here in Tucson, you can imagine the sun damage after a decade or so. The Feed-N-Wax brought it back to a nice healthy finish with a natural sheen. The wood really drinks it up and I wound up having to buy a second 16 oz bottle.

Just rub it in with 0000 steel wool and wipe off the excess with a cloth after 20 minutes or so. It’s likely that there won’t be any excess the first application or two.

Be sure to test it down in a corner first to make sure the effect is what you want, but it really is a great product. It works well on kitchen cabinets and other wood in your home too.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 11-06-2018 04:44 PM

I have already used Old English with awesome results :<))
but Rich would know better then me

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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