Suggestions on finishes for a couple of different wood doors.

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Forum topic by Randy_ATX posted 405 days ago 601 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I will be finishing a couple unfinished doors for a “cabin” home my mom has. There are two different doors.
One is an exterior door with a type of mahogany veneer on it. The second door is an interior knotty-alder. In both cases it has been requested to keep the finish as clear as possible (no amber tint or yellowing after a while).
I don’t have the capability of spaying, so this will be a brush application. I would be interested in what others with more experience would choose to do.

Thank you!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 405 days ago

Polyurethane is a good finish for doors where there will be a lot of handling and wear on the finish. There is also an exterior one that gives UV protection but you could just buy that one and use it on both. There is a wipe on poly too but you can wipe on the regular poly with an old T-shirt. For doors, I like to use a wide foam brush and I always put a little naphtha in the poly first. I pour some poly out in a yogurt cup and add a table spoon of Naphtha to that small quantity, stir it in and then apply it. The naphtha makes it level out faster and dry quicker so less dust can settle in it. Let it dry overnight and then light sand with 400 wet paper and water. Wipe it dry and apply subsequent coats until you like what you see!!

When I moved to Michigan in 1980 I took 30 doors out of the house stripped them all, stained them and put poly on them and they still look good today!


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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 404 days ago

Boat deck finish for the exterior, and waterborne poly for the interior.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#3 posted 404 days ago

+10 Clint.

-- jay,

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#4 posted 404 days ago

Jim, Clint, and Jay – Thank you for your suggestions! Wow Jim, 30 doors is quite an undertaking. I appreciate the details you provided.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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