Finish & Care
It is strongly recommended that finishing will be handled by a professional. All Wood Doors or Windows require sanding prior to finishing. The desired look of the finished product will dictate the necessary sanding and application of stain or paint. While stain enhances and emphasizes any natural characteristics of the wood (like grain and knots), paint creates a unified coat that block these characteristics completely.
Any handling marks, scratches or effects of exposure to elements and moisture should be removed completely by sanding all surfaces using appropriate grit sandpaper. Sanding should be done along the grain direction and special attention should be given to the removal of sanding dust prior to application of stain or paint. Do not use steel wool on oak veneers.
Stain should be applied to a small surface to ensure desired look and to test that there are no unfavorable reactions which may occur with some species of wood.
It is recommended to apply, prior to staining, a first coat of thinned clear sanding sealer, followed by a light block sanding. This step will promote a uniform absorption of stain finishes and minimize any subsequent handling marks.
Different finishes will require different numbers of staining coats. Apply one or more coats of stain and sealer as required. It is recommended to sand in between coats.
At least two coats of top coat are recommended to achieve best results of look and protection. Sanding is recommended following the application of each coat to best enhancement of the wood.
It is recommended that no water based finishes will be used as they are generally ineffective in blocking moisture. Use of water based sealers or primers will void warranty.
Special Note Regarding Finishing of Exterior Doors:
Prior to installation, exterior doors must be finished with at least three coats of an exterior grade sealer.
For painted finishes, one coat of high grade exterior primer should be applied, followed by three coats of high quality exterior grade paint.
For natural finishes, oil based exterior grade stain should be used, followed by three coats of exterior marine spar varnish or other approved finish containing UV inhibitors to protect the door from sun damage. High gloss and lacquer based finishes are not recommended for exterior use.
Prolonged exposure to the elements will cause exterior sealers to deteriorate over time and will require constant maintenance as frequent as needed. Inspect finish periodically and refinish as necessary. Minimizing exposure to the elements will extend the livelihood of the wood and will minimize component movement inherent to wood windows and doors.