Door Refinishing Process
What to expect with your door refinishing project.
Does the door have to be open for you to do the work?
The door only has to be open to get the small edge that is covered up by weather stripping when the door is closed. If you are unable to be home we will work on everything but the hidden edge.
What is the process for refinishing the door?
All work is started by laying a drop cloth down and masking off the trim or brick with tape and paper. The refinishing process begins by wiping the door down with a thinner to remove oils, waxes, etc. If stripping is required we will apply however many coats necessary to remove the clear coat. Next is a light sanding to clean up the rough edges, then wood putty where needed.
Please note that door vibrations and exposure to the elements can cause wood putty to shrink, crack or simply come off the door. Depending on the current condition of your door, some dings, dents, and lines can be visible when the work is completed.
After prep we apply gel stain or your custom color. The following day we will touch up the stain and apply a coat of semi-gloss marine spar varnish.
When can I shut my door?
Your door should be dry and ready for you to reinstall the weather stripping that night or the following morning.
Do you spray or brush the stain?
The clear coat of varnish is too heavy to be sprayed on your door, so we will brush it on.
Do you strip the door down to bare wood?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. The goal is to remove the clear coat and some of the stain. Sometimes the stain is soaked into the grain and stripping doesn’t get it all. Stripping can add 1-2 days to the door refinishing process.