Your door is the first thing a guest will see when they visit your home. It is a perfect chance to create a good first impression of your home. Doors are used heavily on a day to day basis, due to this, it is very important that your door is durable and that includes the finish that is on it. This is where door staining comes in. It can give your door a home an effortless lift.
You cannot just splash the stain onto the surface of the door, technique is crucial when carrying out staining. As with any other home project, preparation is the key. Here at HNM we understand that sometimes a DIY task like this can be daunting, so follow these carefully drafted tips and guidelines to ensure your staining project results in success!
Prior to attempting to stain your door, it is best to pick out a stain which is best for specific type of wood which your door is made out of. There are wide range of stains available on the market from solvent based to oil based, interior and exterior, it can all become somewhat confusing. However, once you have determined what type of wood you have, ask a professional from the store you intend on purchasing your stain from. The professional will be able to recommend a stain which will work best with the grain and produce the colour that you want.
Safety is important when carrying out this task so make sure you are equipped with protective eyewear, gloves, and breathing protection. The breathing protection is required whether or not you are doing this project inside or outside.
The next step is to remove the door from its hinges, you cannot properly stain a door while it is in use. Remove the door along with any locks, knockers, knobs or any other accessory which is attached to your door. We advise that you keep all the parts in an organised way so that you can attach them easily once you have stained your door. Once you have removed the door, lay it flatly in a sawhorse, if you don’t have one, you can use a workbench which will have the same purpose. This will stop the stain from dripping down when you apply it.
As your door has been exposed to elements such as dust, it is important to have a clean surface that you will stain. Sanding achieves this as it removes the dust whilst also opening up the fibres which will help the stain absorb easily. You can then use a tack cloth to remove any remaining dust from the surface of the door. We strongly suggest taking breaks during this process to make sure you are getting fresh air into your lungs, this is even more crucial if your area is not well ventilated.
We advise reading the manufacturer’s recommendations in the guide which you received with your stain. This will give you more specific guidance for your specific stain. As every tree is unique, every piece of wood will be unique too. We advise testing your stain on a portion of the door to ensure it produces the result you desire.
Now you have a clean canvas to work on, follow these steps to apply the stain:
Dip your lint free cloth which you have folded into a pad into the stain and allow excess to drip off into the bucket. When applying, ensure you use singular motions and apply even pressure. Ensure you are going along with the grain and allow the stain to fully saturate the surface. A few drips are normal, be sure to wipe it immediately with a soft cloth. Then allow the stain to dry fully. This can take between 6 to 10 hours.A peach like fuzz may form when the stain dries, however this is normal, you can use steel wool to remove this.
You can now repeat this process and apply as many coats until you achieve the colour that you desire. Ensure you do not touch the wood as it is drying because it will lead to imperfections. Once fully dried, you can use a bristle or foam brush to apply a finish. The best way to do this is in long even strokes, to allow for even coverage. You can use a cloth to wipe off the excess. We would advise following up with another coat to allow for a good finish. For the fixtures, simply press the stain on using a lint free cloth and allow it to dry. Repeat the process until you reach the desired colour.
Finally, you can reattach the door, it is crucial that you remove any dust or bristles left over from the brush at this point. Use the pieces you set aside to reattach the door. You are now left with a beautifully stained door, ready to impress anyone who visits your home.
The doorway is the passage way into your home, set the right first impression. To enhance the elegance and ambience of your home, contact HNM Painting at 843-263-2409, or e-mail us at info[at]hnmpainting.com