This guide is designed to provide you with step by step instructions on staining a wood door.
- Stain Brush
- Cleaning Rags
- Finish Brush
- Drop Cloth
- Oil Based Stain
Door terminologyThe image to right will help you familiarize yourself with the different door sections. These sections will be referred to through out the project.
Place door on saw horsesBegin by placing the door slab onto two padded saw horses. If the was prehung, remove the frame and all hinge materials before begining the stain process.
Sand doorLightly sand all surfaces of your door unit using a fine grit sandpaper. For Finishing #220 is recommended. NOTE: While sanding, try to sand with the grain of the door. Cross sand may show up as lines in the staining process of the door.
Check for glueAlso, look for an dried glue or putty especially in the joint areas, if it is not removed by sanding it will affect the finished result.
Apply stainBegin applying the stain to all surface areas of the door using a high quality stain brush. For best results we recommend an oil based stain. Allow the stain to dry according to the manufacturers drying recommendations. NOTE: If you are staining a "Soft" wood, apply a pre-stain wood conditioner to the surface of the door. This will help ensure even stain penetration and reduce streaking and blotching on soft or porous woods such as pine, fir, maple and alder.
Remove excessRemove any excess stain from the door's surface using a clean rag.
Apply polyurethaneOnce the stain is dry, apply at least one protective polyurethane coat to the door. Make sure to brush in the direction of the woodgrain to ensure that there will not be any cross grain strokes when you are finished. Follow the manufacturers drying directions for the polyurethane coat. Make sure the door is completely dry before hanging.
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