Oct 18

Stain or Varnish Your X L Joinery Door

Staining or Varnishing Your Exterior or Interior XL Joinery Door

If you are fitting an X L Joinery internal or external door purchased from www.BlueprintJoinery.co.uk  it is important that you treat and maintain it correctly in order to ensure you prolong its life keeping it looking as good as new for years.

If you fail to protect your door with the use of a suitable stain or varnish you are effectively leaving it open to the elements and to moisture. Moisture in all its forms, whether it is humidity, rain or condensation, will have a damaging effect on your new XL Joinery door. If left untreated no door is safe from the elements, either hardwood or softwood, internal or external, your door will become damaged beyond repair and unusable.

It is therefore important that prior to fitting your X L Joinery door you ensure that it is fully treated with an appropriate stain or varnish.

Important: All doors must be sealed, stained or varnished before they are hung.

  • Before treating your new wooden door ensure that it is completely smooth and any handling marks or raised and uneven areas of the wood grain are removed with fine sandpaper. Then give it a thorough dusting to remove any remaining dirt or wood particles.
  • Once your door is ready to be treated, refer to the manufacturers’ instructions enclosed with your chosen wood treatment. Apply the treatment to all exposed surfaces of the door in order to ensure it is fully protected from the potentially destructive effects of moisture. Pay particular attention to exposed bare timbers such as letter boxes, hinge cut outs, lock holes and drilled areas. This will stop moisture ingress into the heart of the door stopping the veneer from lifting and bubbling.
  • If you are working on an external door, try to avoid using a dark finish if the door is exposed to direct sunlight, there is a chance that the veneer will crack or the door itself will warp. Or protect it further with a PORCH CANOPY.
  • Check the surface of your door after each coat of the treatment process and use a very fine grit paper to sand between coats to give a deeper more professional finish. Ensure that you check the instructions on the treatment packaging to allow adequate drying time between coats.
  • Once you have finished the application process and have allowed the treatment to dry, your new wooden door should be ready to stand up to the elements! Keep it well maintained, reapplying treatments as necessary, and you will be enjoying your door for years to come.

Check our “How to hang a door” section.

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