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How to re-paint stained exterior door

Listed under Blog, Painting, troubleshoot Posted Oct 30 2009

This article on how to re-paint stained exterior door is in response to the sample Troubleshoot from Andy.

Revive a deteriorated stained external door

Revive a deteriorated stained external door

In this case, I would clean out the silicone, probably with a combination of utility knife and my fingers. Next stage is to sand the timber nice and smooth along the grain with 80 grade abranet, back to a solid surface. Run the edge of the abrasive up and down the grooves to remove any bits. It should be smooth enough to not splinter and hurt your finger tips!

You are now ready to remove all dust. The wood is perfect for 3 coats of preservative woodstain. The easiest and cheapest at this time is a fence preservative (Cuprinol or Ronseal.) Check out the Traditional Painter forum for painting fencing

After the first coat has dried, the weather board is ready for a carefully applied bead of sealant along the top edge. In this case I would use Sika EBT silicone which is durable and can be over-painted.

exterior door prepared for staining

exterior door prepared for staining

Remember to work cleanly and remove dust with a vacuum rather a brush. Lay lining paper down on the floor, which I find much easier than dust sheets. For hygiene and cost and environmental purposes, wear latex gloves and use a cheaper brush. Leave the brush to go hard overnight at the end of this project. When suitable, throw the brush and gloves away.

I hope that helped you on your way this summer.



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