In conjunction with my other project, adding length to my door, I also need to finish it.
This a mahogany front door with a glass insert. I have refinished it once and it looks like crap, I used Minwax stain and Helsman spar varnish.
This will be the second time doing this and I want to do it right. I have researched a tone on the ‘net so my head is spinning.
My plan is:
-Remove door, I have a temp door I can put in its place.
-Strip door using either Citrustrip or MEK.
-Wipe door down with water or mineral spirits depending on what I use to strip it.
-Sand with 150 grit.
-Epifanes Dutch mahogany stain, two coats. Brush on wipe off, 0000 steel wool in between coats.
-Epifanes Wood Finish Gloss, numerous coats. Thin first coat then add subsequent coats. Nice thing about this product is no sanding if recoated within 72 hours. Big plus for me cause I am lazy.
So now my questions:
-Do I need a sanding sealer before staining? I dont think so since it is mahogany and I want a more grainy finish.
-What do I use to apply the stain and varnish? I absolutely cannot spray.