Preparation

Preparation of a door before staining is imperative. It is essential to ensure there is no foreign matter on the door, for example surface dust. This can be removed with a soft cloth. The door can be stained once hung but it is generally advised to stain a new door before hanging as this will facilitate an even application of the stain.

Staining

Lie the door on the ground on, for example, bottle tops or corks (halved). Ensure that the stain has been stirred properly and apply it with a foam brush. Any excess stain should be removed with a cloth. The stain should now be rubbed in with a cloth and left to dry. Whilst this side is drying you can now start on the other side, turning the door gently and resting on the bottle tops. Leave for an hour before applying any more stain. For an external door, 3 coats are recommended. Staining is a great way of bringing out the the grain of the door and really enhances the finished look. It is also a great way of protecting the door from dirt and grease and will certainly prolong its life.

Finishing

A top coat is recommended to seal the stain and offer additional protection. This is applied in the same way as the stain.

 

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