Staining doors is not rocket science but is not as simple as painting doors.
However, going through the steps stated in this post will help you ensure a quality finish you can enjoy.
When starting off with new doors, it is important sand down the imperfections on the doors.
A fine grit sanding paper such as 220 will help prevent sanding marks and create a smooth surface.
Dust off the doors and apply a coat of wood conditioner.
The wood conditioner acts like a "primer" for the stain. This helps the stain apply more evenly and helps prevent dark spots.
After the stain is applied and dried, a sanding sealer should be applied.
The sanding sealer like the wood conditioner helps the finish coat dry evenly.
When the sealer dries, sand down the door once more for any additional imperfections and dust off the door.
BEFORE you apply the finish coat make sure to double check the doors for any imperfections that may appear when the finish coat is applied.
At T&J Painting, we like to use Man-O-War Marine Spar Varnish. The satin finish is the way we like to go, but finishes such as semi-gloss are available.
To apply the varnish, first apply with a roller and even the roller finish with a brush.
Before the finish starts to dry, make sure to smooth out any sag marks that can occur from too much material being applied.
Let the doors dry for 24 hours before re-coating if necessary.
If a second coat is not necessary, the doors can be touched after 6 hours of dry time.
Staining still sound daunting?
This is why we provide staining as a painting service.
Staining like we stated above is more then a multiple step process and takes some care and detail to get done.
During the house painting process if you need any doors stained let us know!