Staining pine on Andersen french doors
We want to stain the pine on our Andersen french doors and bay window. We want to do some testing first, of course.
I was wondering if anyone had advice about which staining, or dye, product is best with pine. Is there?
What are the staining characteristics of pine? Uneven? Streaks? Blotchy? Will it take a medium dark "cherry" stain?
Is the gel stain good to use on vertical surfaces, since these are already installed?
We'd like to put a tough finish on, too. Dog occasionally puts his paw to the door. (Not scratching it really, but just slightly dragging it down.) I was at the hardward store the other day and saw something that said "diamond" finish. Do I look for something like that?
Any good websites to send me to?