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Blog entry by Cindyb posted 03-09-2017 10:58 PM 675 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

HELLO We just completed a project with our front doors. The stain was old so we sanding them down, cleaned them well and applied the Java stain. They look amazing. Do I have to use the top coat for front doors? They do not really have sun exposure. What happens if I do not?



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#1 posted 03-10-2017 01:35 AM

You’re opening yourself up for rot if it gets wet. Even if it doesn’t get wet, exposing the wood to changing temperature and humidity through the year will stress the wood, and likely make it move such that one of the joints could fail.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#2 posted 03-10-2017 03:09 AM

Yes

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#3 posted 03-10-2017 04:18 AM

I recently built a new entry door from the garage to the house. It never gets wet, but the outer facing side is exposed to pretty radical changes here in southern AZ.

I chose to do a lacquer topcoat. I just finished it last month, so it’ll be a long time before I have any data.

My next door project is a custom front entry door. I have the design down. On that one, while there is a several foot patio cover, does get some splashing. For it, I’m going to use spar urethane, at least on the exterior side.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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