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Old 04-09-2008, 12:02 PM   #1
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I have a small job of painting one side of a fiberglass door and staining the other side. The painting side is a piece of cake. I am wondering about the stain side.

What is the best product application method to accomplish this?

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Staining or Graining?
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New door or existing? Staining the interior side?

We have done new ones, and the manufacturers usually have a stain kit that they provide. Its not that bad. Fiberglass doors usually have a heavy fake grain pattern, and the stain can be brushed on and then cleanly wiped. It doesnt penetrate too fast and is pretty easy to work with. In my experience, stain works on fiberglass similar to how it works over sanding sealer.



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It is a brand new door.

The door will accept a typical stain or does it have to be a gel stain?
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We have used conventional stains.

In the interest of due diligence, I would check the manufacturers recommendations for finish application, if you havent already.



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We have used conventional stains.

In the interest of due diligence, I would check the manufacturers recommendations for finish application, if you havent already.
Agreed check to see if the manufacturer recommends one thing over another, I like to use Old Masters Gel or wiping stains on them.
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One of my first questions here at paint talk land. Here you go

https://www.painttalk.com/showthread....iberglass+door
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One of my first questions here at paint talk land. Here you go

https://www.painttalk.com/showthread....iberglass+door

Thanks for the link! So how did things work out for you? Did you end up using gel stain? Did you try priming the door before?
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Thanks for the link! So how did things work out for you? Did you end up using gel stain? Did you try priming the door before?
Worked out great. I had watched someone stain a fiber before using gel stain and dry brushing. I was basically comforted by Jackrabbits post and followed those basic instructions. Gel stain, work one area at a time, drybursh until uniformity, clear coat. Take your time and control the stain so it doesn't overlap onto a section you are not working on yet. Tape off section if necessary. If you are good with a brush it's not a big deal. Sorry no Pic. Good luck
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Oh yea, like rabbit said, no need to prime the door. He was priming the door frame to match the door before staining. To start with the same base color.
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I used the Gel Stain on these doors. A+

I did prime first however and also used it on the metal doors both interior and exterior. Although, I added the grain with my brush on all the other doors except the big garage doors. Those already had grain in the fiberglass.

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Agreed check to see if the manufacturer recommends one thing over another, I like to use Old Masters Gel or wiping stains on them.
Well, the first coat of stain went on today. It went on real nice. I used the Old Masters for the first time(have used other brands of gel stain in the past), I thought it was a great product to work with.

Thanks for the suggestion!
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I like the Old Masters
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I'm gonna be trying this on some front entrance doors.. first time for me.... I'll be doing both sides with gel stain.. the interior side I will probably clear with Zinsser Quick 15.. just because I like the fast dry and ease of sanding... the outside I was thinking of a waterborne clear like diamond coat.. what have you folks been using for Exterior side clear?

Also the doors I have here the original manufacturer prime job is far from perfect. Will the odd shadow in the primer have a negative effect on the stain job? I will be staining them dark... mixing walnut & red mahogany.

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I got a call from a customer who wanted me to look at a fiber door, that another guy did. Went over and the stain darn near looked like it was flaking off. I'm beating that there wasn't a clear coat put on. Any suggestions on fixing that problem? Never had that issue come up before.
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if it's flaking i'd strip it off then redo it from scratch, only way to warranty it AND know it will look good
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I used the Gel Stain on these doors. A+

I did prime first however and also used it on the metal doors both interior and exterior. Although, I added the grain with my brush on all the other doors except the big garage doors. Those already had grain in the fiberglass.

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Sorry not the best pics

dude, im sorry, but those doors look terrible. i am not insulting you personally, but they are not done well.
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rcp, now that door looks great
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