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.
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...
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.
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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.
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.
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.
INSTALLING A WOOD DOOR UNIT WITHOUT ADEQUATE ENTRYWAY PROTECTION FROM DIRECT EXPOSURE TO THE ELEMENTS WILL VOID THE WARRANTY!
EXTREME EXPOSURE FINISHING
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.
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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