Mahogany door - Sikkens, Penofin or Helmsman?

kerrygwApril 4, 2009

Hi all,

We have a new mahogany exterior door that we need to get a finish on ASAP. (We didn't plan ahead well on this one unfortunately.) Based on opinions heard here and elsewhere, (and on how available products are around here) we've narrowed down our list of finishes to Sikkens Cetol, Penofin or Helmsman. The door will have a screen/storm door in front of it, and it's on a covered porch that is well protected. We're read a bit on the idea of using oil-based paint base instead, but we'd like a thinner, less "brush-stroke" finish than that seems to offer. I'm comfortable with the idea that we will have to touch up the door in a year or 2. Thoughts on our options are very much appreciated - thanks so much!

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I have experience only with the Helmsman varnish, but I'm under the impression that the other two are penetrating finishes rather than surface films. Assuming that's correct, the varnish would probably offer more protection from moisture but be considerably less pleasant to repair when it finally fails. Penetrating finishes probably need more frequent maintenance, but that maintenance is likely to be much easier.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 8:47AM
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Thin down the paint a bit for the first coats. The final coat should blend in as long as you don't go back over an area once it's been brushed. Or you may rather like the routine of semiannual cleaning and re-application of a penetrating oil.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2009 at 11:14AM
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I used Sikkens stain on the exterior of my log home. I am under the impression, that it only needs to be sprayed down with a hose and water once a year to keep it looking new. Every 8 years a recoat of stain. I sprayed, the stain on, but you can also roll it. It quite expensive, about $75 a gallon, but worth the money if your not touching it up every year. I used Teak, heres a photo to get any idea.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 8:17AM
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