Garage Door Too Glossy

kit2007August 9, 2014

We are refinishing our 28-year old solid cedar garage door (we refinish it every 6 years or so). My husband spent hours sanding it down to the bare wood. Then we applied one coat of Sikkens Door and Window stain (dark walnut). It looked beautiful and we proceeded with the first of 2 layers of clear. My husband wanted a bit of a gloss, so the paint store guy told him to use the gloss instead of satin. The first coat of clear is nearly dry and it looks pretty awful -- the gloss magnifies every blemish in this old door. So, we want to dull it down and then apply a coat of satin as our third coat. Other than sanding the second coat and then applying the satin coat, is there anything else we need to do? What grade of sandpaper should we use. Any tips will be appreciated. Thanks.

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3M medium grit sanding blocks should be all that is needed.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 3:57AM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes

3M Between Coats

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 7:11AM
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Remember...that stuff cures-out with UV-exposure. It's good that you'll have gloss under the Satin! Higher-end floor refinishers sometimes do it that way, because the glosses are a little "tighter & harder", than satins.


    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 2:43PM
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Many thanks for your responses. We went out yesterday AM to look at our "horrible" door, and we were astounded. It was like professional refinishers had come in while we slept and redid the door -- it was gorgeous! Yesterday evening we started lightly sanding, but it was still a little soft in places so we will resume the light sanding tomorrow (raining today) and apply the final coat as soon as rain and humidity allow.

Final questions: since it looked so beautiful yesterday AM, we now plan to apply a second coat of gloss instead of satin. Any objection? And, finally, after the second coat of gloss, do we do a final sanding? It looks so beautiful now with that glossy finish that we don't really want to reduce it. Thank you.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 2:47PM
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No, don't sand the door after it is done.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 4:36PM
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To paint the glass door, you have to starting paint with a top panel of the garage door. To paint garage door you must start with the corner of the door. I will suggest you that latex paint is used to avoid the imperfection, you have to sand the surface of each panel with phosphate trisodium to remove grease and residue. A premier coat is necessary only if the enamel is taken off.

Here is a link that might be useful: painting company

This post was edited by LuisHinkle on Thu, Aug 28, 14 at 9:12

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 2:06AM
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Final Outcome: The door looks beautiful! Thank you all for advice and encouragement. The Sikkens was a great choice and was very, very easy to apply. Thank you all again.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 7:46AM
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