Applying Epifanes to Exterior Oak Door

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Forum topic by BigMig posted 05-24-2022 02:22 PM 290 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2022 02:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: epifanes varnish oak storm door wicking

I’m ready to begin the application of Epifanes Marine Varnish to an exterior oak storm door.

My question: do I apply the varnish to the bottom of the door – as we would do to the bottom of legs of an outdoor chair? Or – do I leave it without varnish – as we do when we don’t paint the bottom of an indoor door?


-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#1 posted 05-24-2022 02:30 PM

me thinks one would want to seal entire door, especially since an exterior unit, to minimize moisture absorbence

and as a builder, i make sure the painters paint the bottom and top of interior doors, its the biggest reason of door swell, especially here in desert when folks use an evap cooler in the spring, amazing how dry interior wood is from winter.
good luck, seal the bottom, whats it hurt, except a few minutes and few ounces of goods
rj in az

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#2 posted 05-24-2022 02:30 PM

Yes, this is the most over looked item on protecting a door. The top and bottom should always get sealed. It is very easy for moisture to wick up via the end grain and can lead to staining and warping.

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#3 posted 05-24-2022 03:05 PM

+1 on sealing every surface.

The cans of Epiphanes I have were on the thick side, might consider thinning a bit before applying.

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#4 posted 05-24-2022 05:30 PM

Thanks! In fact Epifanes recommends diluting the first application 50% w mineral spirits, the second w 25%, third with 10%, then full strength. So I’ll follow their guidelines , especially for the extwerior surfaces of this storm door.

And I’ll pay attention to treat the bottom of the door.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#5 posted 05-24-2022 07:34 PM

Higher quality doors have finishing instructions that say to …Finish all 6 sides…

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#6 posted 05-24-2022 09:07 PM

I came across Epifanes bubbling on door. The rep blamed it on extreme heat. He did say he used the rapid coat. Just a heads up:

Bubbling on this outdoor table but this guy used so many different products on same table prob hard to blame Epifanes:

But I know many who swear by Epifanes. Best thing since sliced bread


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