Entry doors are always exposed to different weather conditions, constant traffic and other factors that can damage the door. Unlike other doors, wood entry doors require more care and maintenance. Additionally, their lifespan is shorter than doors made from artificial fibers. Refinishing a wooden entry door is a practical way to renovate the door in an inexpensive and comparatively easy way. Before starting with this project, you need to recognize some of the main faults of wood entry door refinishing that must be evaded.
Never refinish the door while it is still attached to its turning point. This tactic restrains ease of access to the different door surfaces, producing inconsistent finishing. You should remove the door and place it on a level surface. Preferably, seek assistance from someone while removing the door, since the majority of entry doors are pretty weighty.
Some homeowners refinish around the existing door hardware, thinking that the refinishing will hide the surface cuts that are usually found around the door’s handle. But let me tell you, this is wrong! Typically, the hardware on aged wood entry doors is likely to have a tough appearance, which will lower the visual appeal of a refinished door. Furthermore, the raw surface under the hardware can be exposed at a later phase if the battered hardware gets displaced. To certify an even refinished surface, you should always remove the door’s hardware and refinish the original surface too.
Don’t rush the paint finishing of your door, if that happens, the refinished surface will not have a wood-like appearance. To guarantee better coverage during stain finishing, use lint-free cloth – which helps to quicken the drying process too.