Painting and Staining for All Weather Conditions
Refinishing an existing door is a great do it yourself project that can perk up any home’s exterior without breaking the bank. Although this type of project may seem simple, it is important to include some crucial steps to make sure the paint job will last and look brand new through any weather conditions. Here are some tips to painting an all-weather wood door.
Preparing for Refinishing an All-Weather Door
Just like with any DIY project, it is important to make sure to have all the materials needed on hand. Ideally, this project should be done step by step with no time gaps in between to run to the hardware store. Some of the items that are needed are a drop cloth, rags, a sander with the appropriate paper, painting supplies, stain or paint of choice, and gloves. Once all the materials have been gathered you will need to decide if you want to refinish the door still on its hinges or remove the door for the project.
Start by Sanding the Wood Door
After the door has been prepped and checked for damage, it is time to sand. Sanding the door will help remove any old finish, splinters and hard edges which will lead to a cleaner finish. Start with medium grade sandpaper and work down to the fine grade sandpaper. Once all the remaining finish has been removed and the wood is smoothed out to preference, use a rag to wipe away any dust or wood pieces from the door. It helps to have a clean surface when it is time to paint or stain the wood.
Choosing and Applying the Right Paint or Stain
When choosing a finish, it is important to take weathering into effect. The choice of paint or stain is purely based on personal choice and the overall aesthetic that is trying to be achieved. Make sure to choose an all-weather stain or outdoor grade paint for this project, especially if an exterior door is being refinished. Wood can be greatly affected by environmental conditions such as temperature, moisture and sun exposure. Apply the paint or stain based on the product’s instructions and leave to dry.
Redoing an exterior wood door is an easy, low-cost way to freshen up the look of any home. Although this may seem like a simple project, there are some things to keep in mind. Make sure to have the right materials on hand, sand the door properly, and choose a paint or stain that is appropriate for changes in weather – when these things are in place, this DIY door project can be completed in a snap!
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