If you follow us on social media you probably already saw the stunning front doors we recently refinished. They made quite a splash! Especially with so many paint colors trending, the gorgeous warmth and natural charm of this classic wood finish really stood out.
And so, we thought it was high time we dig a little deeper into the process.
After a quick recap, we’ll go even further and share some additional insights into painting vs. staining a front door, common questions, and more.
Sometimes we need to strip away an old stain and apply something new, almost like choosing a paint color. Some stains are lighter, some darker, varying levels of transparency, and the list goes on.
In this case, we wanted to let the high-quality mahogany really sing. Here’s a look at how we did it:
After cleaning and prepping the surface we applied a clear first coat, using a product specifically formulated for doors and windows.
After applying, we wiped off that first coat so that it would quickly dry and penetrate the wood grain in the process.
Finally, we brushed on a few final clear coats.
If you’d like to see our team working their magic, check out this YouTube Short:
Preserving the natural beauty of the wood. Staining accentuates the wood’s grain and texture, showcasing its unique characteristics. You just can’t beat the timeless appeal.
Extra durability. A quality stain protects the wood from harsh weather conditions, UV rays, and moisture, extending the door’s lifespan. Here in San Diego we certainly have gorgeous weather, but even the sun exposure takes its toll!
Low maintenance. Stained doors require less frequent touch-ups compared to painted doors and are easier to maintain in the long run.
Like so many things in life, the answer comes down to your budget. And your aesthetic preference, but the budget is the key driver.
Painting is cheaper, offers great protection, is easy to touch up, and there’s less maintenance involved. You enjoy it, then you repaint it down the road when you’re ready. Straightforward, right?
Stain is a much more involved process. There’s a lot of prep involved, many steps, and it has to be done by a skilled professional for the best results. With so many variables there’s just no margin for error. But if price is no object and you want a classy, gorgeous door, stain might just be the way to go. If you’d like to learn more about the pros and cons of each, click over to this article.
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