manufactured front door finish needs help

sheilajoyce_gwApril 16, 2010

We installed double front doors we bought from the builder supply 5 years ago. They face east, are recessed, and some areas get early morning sun every day for 3 or 4 hours. The varnish or laquer finish is looking dry and the stain is fading here and there. They have leaded glass sections on the upper half and are constructed of several different planks of stained wood. Some have faded more than others.

I would like to improve their appearance and protect them, but I do not want to have to refinish them.

What can I rub into the surface to protect the wood?

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PF70 sunblock.

I'm not serious, of course. There is no wipe/spray/brush on magic finish restorer. Short of paint, there are no exterior finishes that last more than a couple years without renewing. Stains/dyes on/in wood also do not survive the sun well.

Only way I know to restore the look is to contact the manufacturer, get the stain/dye recipe(most probably a mix of at least three stains) and the finish variety, strip the finish, restain/dye the wood and apply new finish.

I know that is not what you wanted to hear, it is just the only sure way to get the wood back to better looking.

You could try things like gel stain(modified paint), but that would just do the same thing. And it would be extremely difficult to get a gel stain recipe to match the color now.

Long term, paint is the finish that lasts the longest and requires the least maintenance.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2010 at 10:42AM
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I second the suggestion -- clear finishes do not do well with constant sun and/or water exposure. At least if you are not willing to do regular (annual) maintenance.

Get some good paint and be done with it.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2010 at 11:28AM
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