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Old 03-14-2009, 03:20 PM   #1
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I need to refinish a set of doors for a customer. They are stained now and the varnish is starting to come off in a spots. the exterior looks way worse than the interior. What process should I do to make these doors look great again? Should I strip them then sand then restain then varnish? Thanks for any help. I attached a picture of the doors.
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:02 PM   #2
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Strip, sand, Sikkens Door & Window
If varnishes are not done right or are not maintained, outside they do that
Stick to the Sik, it sticks real sick
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If you did this door originally then the following would apply. If not and you have no idea who did and what was used, I would strip it.

If the varnish is coming off on the inside I would be looking into why that happened and most likely strip it. If its only the outside coming off then thats likely to be normal. You can sand that down a bit and redo the clear unless you are talking about varnish chunks or pieces coming off with the stain. I think it would be obvious at that point what you need to do.

Exterior finishes breakdown and flake off. So if it seems like something else is going on then strip it.

I've had no luck on any product for an exterior door that gets fair sun and have it last more than 2 years. Generally around 18 mo. these doors should be scheduled in the computer for a recoat.

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sikkens cetol 2 3 its a stain and clear in one some good stuff i wont use any other stain outside. Really cant say enough about it
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I've refinished doors like this a few times, and never have luck, mainly because of the poly or varnish that the last painter put on the exterior side. My preference; clear coat just doesn't work outside. I have tried a new product sold at SW called Dream Boat exterior poly. It is a waterborne product, and is a "Dream" to spray...really it is! Also I have tried some wax products, but they usually don't dry hard enough for a door. Don't know if that helps any but thought I'd let you know about the Dream.
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Oh and as far as the process I use:

-Chemical strip (Jas-co). Not a fun job
-Sand all stripper, and remaining stain off
-Clean door, and mask
-Stain
-Seal
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