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Restaining our front door

Posted by nitlsu (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 10, 10 at 15:56

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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RE: Restaining our front door

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??


RE: Restaining our front door

Thanks faron79! We are in DFW and so currently it ranges from 50-75 degrees

RE: Restaining our front door

Is the door wood or fiberglass?

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