Minwax Gel stain on Thermatru Fiber Classic door?
I got a clearance Thermatru kit from Home Depot just to get the top coat and sample panels, didn't like the stain color (English Walnut). I tried Minwax gel stain in Cherrywood on the sample that matches my door, wiped it on thick and let it set 10 minutes - nothing. Put more on, let is set 30 minutes, wiped off excess - it turned the fiberglas a little pick (more in grain) but that's it.
Do you *have* to use Thermatru's stain (not a gel) on their doors? How dark can you go with this base color door? I originally wanted Light Oak (prefinished!), the builder got this one that turns out wasn't finished (I didn't think it looked like the one I saw in the HW store), so now I have to finish it. I don't know if Light Oak or Natural Oak will look good with my house color now, so thought I'd try darker but maybe you have to get the darker door to begin with? The other sample in the kit is almost red.