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Church Doors #1: Refinishing exterior doors

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Blog entry by DocK16 posted 08-08-2007 04:19 AM 7262 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ever since I completed a few ww projects for my church I have become the go-to guy on anything wood, not that I mind. But I’ve started a project and need some help from the experienced group of LJ buddies. I have stripped and restained a set of large oak doors (first of 3 sets) and was planning on using a good grade of exterior/spar varnish to finish them. I was completely suprised when I went to the local Sherwin Williams store and was told they no longer carry an exterior varnish. Soooo any ideas on a good exterior varnish that will stand up to a lot of UV expose and an occasional driving rain storm. A friend had suggested marine varnish but I’ll have to plead ignorance on where to get such an animal or if it’s the right thing to use. Oh yeah any suggestions on stripping old varnish other than all day scrapping and then sanding with an orbital sander?

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 08-08-2007 01:46 PM

This is the second time I’ve been here because I have 0 experience with church doors. I have stripped some furniture and used chemical stripper. If I was doing it I would use stripper. It seems to me you lose too much wood and surface detail if you sand. I just used some Man-O-War spar varnish on my new bench top. I think I got it at Lowe’s or HomeDepot. We did the front door on the shop with spar varnish and it looks good. The rain and sun have beat on it for the last year and a half and it still looks good and we never got the second coat on it.( A lot more sun than rain) My sister-in-law just did her log home with 1/3 spar varnish, 1/3 boiled Linseed oil, and 1/3 turpentine. I’ve also read about using this mix to start and then switching to half oil and spar. I don’t know if this helps, Dock, it’s probably worth what you paid for it, Ha ha.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 08-09-2007 05:09 AM

Go to a professional paint store and talk to them. I use a product called Prothane a exterior grade polyurethane that I spray like lacquer. Expensive but I’ve never had good luck with marine varnish.

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Dorje

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#3 posted 08-09-2007 09:34 AM

I used SeaFinTeak Oil on our doors and we live in the northwest…

My mom had stairs built (with western exposure) and the carpenter used a boiled linseed oil and turpentine blend – her stairs are black. They have to be completely sanded and refinished at some point. I think Thomas’ suggestion of the blend with the inclusion of a varnish is probably a good idea…

BTW – The color of the doors that you posted looks great!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 08-10-2007 03:45 AM

McCloskey's
Epifanes
Two brands of marine or spar varnish with good buzz (ie recommended in the last several years in Fine Woodwoorking).

The McCloskey’s has a punch in your zip code link.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 08-11-2007 08:33 AM

Doc

Two links to follow:

Free month of FWW.com

good only for four more days (8-15-07)

Then go back to this LJ topic

Talks about the Epifanes marine varnish over an epoxy primer coat for a long lasting outdoor finish.
Now you will be the wood go-to-guy and the finishing go-to-guy at church. Good luck!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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DocK16

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#6 posted 08-14-2007 07:10 PM

Doug when you said they have a good buzz I thought you meant the vapors LOL

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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Douglas Bordner

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#7 posted 08-14-2007 09:03 PM

Doc,
I know I’m one of those “old and in the way” aging hipsters (I just read a quote from David Lee Roth where he used the phrase Rockers with Walkers), but I never went in for the paint fumes!
Some folks wonder, no doubt, after some of my rambling posts, but I swear I’m faithful about wearing a respirator!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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DocK16

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#8 posted 08-16-2007 04:24 AM

Rockers with Walkers; I like it, makes me think of Ozzy and Mick

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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