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Finishing Tips for Your

Texas Custom Doors

Wood Entry Doors are a beautiful investment for your home. Like a fine piece of wood home furniture, they have to be maintained and protected. You would not leave your fine wood furnishings directly exposed to Mother Nature's elements nor would you choose not to maintain them. The same is true for your homes wood entry door.


You can choose from a wide variety of stain or paint possibilities. Your local paint and stain dealers should have a broad selection of color on hand to demonstrate the looks you can achieve when staining fine wood.

If you choose paint instead of stain, you can apply either oil-base or latex resin-base paints over an oil-base primer. However, take care in following the finishing instructions provided here. Also, be sure to evaluate the conditions your door must endure, such as direct exposure to severe climates, before deciding on the specific finish to use. The section below, entitled "Extreme Exposure Finishing," contains important information for doors subject to Extreme conditions.


  • Do not walk on any door units. Some units contain glass.
  • Avoid dragging doors across one another and keep doors clean.
  • Store flat on a level surface in a dry, well-ventilated building.
  • Doors should be conditioned to average prevailing relative humidity of the locality before hanging.
  • Doors should not be subjected to extreme or rapid changes in heat or humidity. Avoid sudden changes such as forced heat to dry out a building.
  • If the doors are to be stored on the job site, all six sides must be sealed with an effective quality oil-base sealer in order to prevent undue moisture absorption.

Preparation and Finishing

Avoid finishing immediately after a rain or damp weather, or during periods of higher than average humidity.  The door itself must be dry.  Grease and oily stains can be removed with mineral spirits.  Do not use water or caustic  or abrasive cleaners.

Before applying the first coat of finish, hand sand the entire surface lightly with sandpaper (180 grit). This is to remove fingerprints and handling marks.

After hand sanding, clean door thoroughly with a tack cloth to remove all dust or foreign material. However, avoid using caustic or abrasive cleaners.

Never use Palm or Orbital sanders on the doors, sanders can leave gouges & indentations in the wood. Doors MUST be lightly hand sanded between every application

The first coat should be a sanding sealer, a combination of stain and sealer, which colors the door and seals the surface. It is available in a wide range of colors. The stain-and-sealer should have an alkyd-resin base.

All six sides of the door must be properly finished. The edges (top, bottom and sides) should be coated with each and every coat of finish that is applied to the exterior surface of the door – If all 6 sides are not sealed it Voids the warranty

If a stain effect is desired, apply one or two coats of semi-transparent stain; letting it stand and wiping as needed to achieve the desired color.  Let dry completely...
The final step is to apply at least two - three topcoats of an exterior oil-base clear finish, sanding in between coats with 220 grit sandpaper graduating to 320 grit sandpaper on the last sanding.  Using a tack rag after sanding between coats will give you a beautifull smooth finish. Marine-quality varnishes and polyurethane finishes do a superior job as topcoats. 

To obtain a quality painted finish, first use a good quality oil-base primer manufactured for exterior use.  Sand lightly when dry.  The second and third coats are "color" coats and may be either oil-base or latex-base exterior paints.

For 2010 We are offering the New Environmental

Finishes For....

MAI ~ GlassCraft ~ ADV Entries

Finishing Tips

Whatever finish desired, use sealers, primers, stains and finish coatings from the same manufacturer, if possible, to insure compatibility.  Follow the manufacturer's instructions.  Consult your paint dealer.

We cannot evaluate all the available paints and stains, nor the customers' specific application requirements. Your paint dealer should know of suitable finish systems that give satisfactory results in your region. It is highly recommended that top quality finishes be selected, and the application instructions on the container be followed explicitly.

Use sealer, primer, clear finishes and paint liberally to fill in and bridge all voids in the joints between wood sections and between the wood and any glass or insets in the door.
Sand lightly between coats of sealer, stain, and clear finishes. 

If you live in a severe climate or your entry receives a lot of direct sunlight, you'll want to examine your door's finish often. Depending on the conditions, you may also need to maintain the door finish more frequently. The section below, entitled

"Extreme Exposure Finishing," contains important information for doors subject to adverse conditions.


Use an oil-based primer followed by at least three topcoats of oil or latex-based paint on the exterior. Latex is more durable and has better color retention.

Use a silicone or caulking bead (must be compatible with paint) around the perimeter of each glass pane. This will seal the putty and prevent any moisture from running directly into the door.

Ensure all finish coats are allowed to flow into the glass area at least 1/16".

Ensure all coatings that go on the surface of the door are also applied to the top and bottom. Coat all six sides of every door, or your warranty will be voided.

Silicone the door bottom sweep onto the bottom of the door and apply a surface mount drip cap to the bottom of each door to allow for moisture runoff onto the sill.

For outswing units: Prior to finishing the top of the inactive door, be sure to fill the mortise pocket around the flush bolt prep with silicone or caulking. Moisture has a history of pooling up in this area on outswing units. All exterior door must be flashed with a thin layer of metal across the top of the door to keep moisture from having direct contact with the wood.

Storm or screen doors may be mandatory to completely eliminate moisture problems. Storm doors must be vented to eliminate temperature build-up.

Never use lacquer-base stains or finishes on wood panel doors. 

Wood Finish

Minwax® Wood Finish™

A rich, penetrating, oil-based stain, Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain is available in many wood tone colors and can be used to enhance any bare or stripped wood surface.

Go Green!

Minwax also offers the New Environmental finishes as well.

If the customer chooses a finished product any damage incurred to the finish during shipping ~ unloading ~ installation of product is the responsibility of the customer.

Finish is not warranteed for damage of any kind. Maintenance & Repairs are the responsibility of the customer.

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