How To Treat Wooden Doors

16 Jul 2019

Wood is a natural hardwearing product, and if you treat, maintain and care for your wooden doors over the years, they will last for a long time.

An entrance door is the first thing any visitor will see and has the potential to leave a great initial impression. Beautifully finished internal, wooden doors can add a style statement to any home.

Wood can look stunning when it’s maintained with a quality paint/stain or varnish.

Preparing to treat your door

If your door is new, treat it soon after It’s hanged including all edges.

If it’s an old door and looks worn and needs a fresh treatment, get another person to help you take it down from its hinges. Then remove all the hardware and strip your door down using a sander.

Make sure you sand with the grain and use sandpaper which has a grit of between 180 and 220, protect any glass in your door with masking tape.

Sand enough to make the surface feel smooth and remove any dust with a cloth. If it’s a new door it’s advisable to give it a sand to remove any residue.

External doors – varnish or stain?

A high-performance exterior stain or varnish will protect your wooden door and retain the moisture content.

A varnished door offers a glossy finish that lays on top of the wood. A stain can dramatically change the colour of the wood, it’s absorbed into the wood to change the hue. You can use both stain and varnish together to get your required look.

There are products on the market which can give you stain, varnish and UV protection all together in one tin.

If you want to do the stain and varnishing yourself, then apply the stain first and then the varnish. You’ll need two to three coats of stain and two coats of varnish.

If you decide to apply them separately, be sure to leave plenty of drying time between each coat. Stains and varnish can be either oil or water based. You’ll need a longer drying time between coats if you use an oil based one. Water based tend to last slightly longer than oil.

Make sure that you coat the whole door, on all the edges and inside the cut outs for any locks and behind hinges.

Internal doors

For internal doors, you can use a wood stain, oil, varnish or wax. It’s best to always do a patch test so you know what type of colour and finish you’ll achieve.

In recent years oil has gained popularity. It’s easy to apply, by brushing it thinly across the door. Oil nourishes the wood and prevents it from drying, offering a greater protection from scuffing or warping.

If the wood door has been manufactured correctly, then generally stains and varnishes will have a longer life than oils and waxes. That’s why most people stain or varnish their front door.

If you’d like more advice about the treatment of your wooden doors, don’t hesitate to speak to the team at Door Stop. We have been established twelve years, and all our doors come with a 7-year warranty. Why not visit us at one of our two showrooms in Perth to find out more?

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