We've had an influx of front door re-finishing projects lately. So in this update we thought a step-by-step guide to keeping that front door looking new would be in order.
First off, we'll start with the tools and materials needed to complete the project. A clean work pot and few cloth rags are a must. An oil brush is needed, here, you'll see we use three inch Purdy brand "Plato" style oil brushes. Two styles of sandpaper. We like to use black 120 grit paper for the first sand and a finer grit sponge for sanding the clear coat. A tack cloth is important for getting a dust free surface. On this project we're using Old Masters brand gel stain "Provincial". For the finish we're going with Minwax brand Spar Urethane. Which is essential to protecting wood in this Texas weather.
Here we can see where the sun and weather has faded the finish. Below is the lower half which is almost completely bare due to evening sun.
The process, in a quick nutshell, is to sand, stain, clear coat, sand and final finish coat.
First take the 120 grit black sand paper and sand the entire door. The idea here is to get anything that's failing or flaking away off the door. A dust mask is suggested as it will produce a good amount of dust. Use a rag to quickly dust the door off and then follow up with a tack cloth to ensure all dust is completely removed.
Take the stain, pour into the work pot and use the brush to apply fairly liberally. The amount of dry time here can really decide how dark the stain come out. Wipe quickly for a lighter color and wait a few minutes for a darker color. Use clean cotton cloth rags and wipe the excess stain off. Be sure to wipe with the wood grain and to double check the corners. Rags should be disposed of in a separate work pot with water to avoid fires. At this point the door is stained and needs a good twenty-four hours to dry.
Once the stain has dried use a cloth rag to dust the door off and brush on the clear coat. You should work the same way you brushed on the stain and take extra care to watch for drips and runs. Again the first clear coat needs another twenty-four hours to dry.
Sand and Finish
After its dried up again, take the finer grit sanding sponge and lightly sand the door again. This levels out the first coat of clear and helps the final coat bond better. Again it should dust up so a dust mask is advised. Use a cloth rag and tack cloth follow up to achieve a dust free surface. For the second time brush on a coat of clear. This coat will take much less material and is more apt to drip or run.
Following this technique will reward you with a beautifully stained door with a glass smooth finish. It won't only look great but will stand up to the weather as well! We hope you enjoyed our guide. If you find yourself in trouble don't hesitate to contact Pure Painting! We'd love to complete the project at hand.