Fiberglass front door staining problem; any suggestions?
Has this happened to anyone else out there? Builder sends us to the Therma Tru web site where we build a couple of different Fiberclassic Oak front doors with different glass/side lights, etc., and we get quotes back. Of course, the one we like the most is a $900 upcharge, but that's ok, we go with that one. Now that it is time to finalize the order and we have chosen a specific stain color, we are told it is an additional $1,200 to stain the door at the factory (above the $900 upcharge) because of the need to gel stain fiberglass. All of the pictures in the Therma Tru brochure and the door we selected on the web site show a door that looks like a finished wood door in an oak-brown color, so we assumed that was what we were getting as part of the original selection and just needed to decide on a color. Were we just dumb/naive?
At this point our options are to have it painted with no additional costs, pay the $1,200, or stain it ourselves after installation. Has anyone else had this problem with the Fiberclassic Oak doors? Has anyone done their own staining with the gel stain from Therma Tru? Any other advice?