Restaining our front door

nitlsuNovember 10, 2010

Hi all,

A simple question I hope, I haven't done this before so I wanted to make sure I don't screw up. I wanted to stain our front door (see the pictures attached) to a darker (cherry) shade from the present walnut. I wanted to know what are the steps to go about it.

Do I have to first use a chemical stripper/sanding to remove the existing finish? Is there any way I can apply the new stain over the existing one? Pros and cons of either method. I'd appreciate as much information as you can provide for this project.

Thank you and god bless!

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Clean & scuff-sand the door to an evenly dulled surface.

Here's the important part...
Seek out ZAR stain! It's much more pigmented than a normal, thin stain like Minwax. Because it's so pigmented, it's easier to wipe on a color and control the eveness of it.
When this oil stain is dry, apply 4 coats of an Oil Poly over it...preferably Semi-gloss or Gloss. This will take a couple days though....what kind of weather/temps are you in??


    Bookmark   November 12, 2010 at 12:13AM
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Thanks faron79! We are in DFW and so currently it ranges from 50-75 degrees

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 9:32AM
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Is the door wood or fiberglass?

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 2:37PM
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