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Old 05-01-2018, 11:36 AM   #1
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I have customers wood garage doors that need staining. Original application is Sherwood oil stain (dark brown) with top coat. Question for you experienced peeps 😉
-do I sand off top coat and reapply stain , then apply top coat
Chemically strip all the way down to bare wood and totally start from scratch? If I do what stripper is good to use?
What clear top coat do you like, Helmsman?
I’m in Minnesota.
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Are you using a similar coloured stain?
What about the discoloration of the old stain?

I might sand the whole thing to an even colour, wash, and restain. This is all dependant on the customers expectations, quality of the existing coating, and colour of stain your using

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A few pics would help us give a more specific recommendation. Generally I recommend removal of topcoat. As far as the stain lets hope the owner likes it as it would take hours of sanding to remove it. A dark stain can usually be refreshed and appropriate exterior UV resistant topcoat applied. I am not a fan of Minwax Helmsman. I don't think its resins are flexible enough to handle all the weather related expansion and contraction. I have good luck with Waterlox marine here in SC on doors but it don't get cold here. Just curious, what the underlying wood is ?
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I was asked to do a quote for about 75 cedar garage doors today. Some are 8'x16'

The builder sent them a brochure from 'Old Masters' stain but I can't find exactly what they used.

The finish looks like furniture. It must have been done in a factory. It's a satin finish that might have been clear coated. I haven't done something like this before.

They want the same colour. Looking at the Old Masters spec sheet it says to strip off the old finish. That's if they used their oil based stain which says it is an interior stain.

Imagine having to strip 75 garage doors. I haven't a clue what to charge per door.

How do you upload pictures in here? It says enter the URL. It's on my computer and shot from my camera, so no URL. Why is there not an 'UPLOAD' button in here?

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Unless you’ve got a shop and a crew this would be a good project to sub to a prefinishing shop.

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