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Old 08-02-2012, 09:42 PM   #1
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Anyone have any recommendations for a good front door refinishing company? Or is any resident here good and experienced at refinishing furniture that would like to refinish my door? (for pay, of course!)
We've been in our "new" home here about 6 years now and our front door is starting to look really weathered. (I guess we shouldn't have gone with the decorative glass star/ wooden door when we got to choose.) After 6 years of sun, water, and wind abuse, the wood is already discolored in areas, and if you aren't careful, you can get splinters if you touch the door in the wrong spot.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:02 PM   #2
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My door was that bad too because it gets constant sun. I used restoreyourdoor.com because my daughter had used them. They do a superior job and explain on their website the steps and finishes. They aren't cheap but I am very pleased. I went with the higher priced process since the door has little protection and looked that bad after just 3(?) years. It came back looking and feeling like that beautiful Amish furniture finish. Smooth as glass. Pretty amazing.

There are places that will come and do it on your driveway in one day. Restore Your Door takes your door away and puts a loaner door in place so they can do a multi-day process.

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Old 08-03-2012, 07:12 AM   #3
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There's a fella on my street that did mine a couple years ago for around $100 and it looked good. Holler at me if you want his info.

I actually got out my palm sander last night and am going to try doing mine myself this Saturday and Sunday. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. If it doesn't come out looking great my project manager (wife) will let me know quite clearly.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:44 AM   #4
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I actually got out my palm sander last night and am going to try doing mine myself this Saturday and Sunday. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. If it doesn't come out looking great my project manager (wife) will let me know quite clearly.
just be careful with the palm sander. Even with a relatively smooth paper it would be very easy to round off corners or take off too much stain. Once you have to match stain to a faded surface it becomes much more difficult.

I did mine after 1.5 years so all I needed to do was a light sanding of the finish coat and then three layers of clear spar urethane with a fine grit steel wool rub in between. I did one coat the first day and two coats the second.

Make sure you use a good brush, cheap brushes won't give a nice finish. If you have other questions I can try to answer them but it has been a while since I have done any major refinishing.
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I have faded areas. I'm going to try to sand, restain then clear coat. I have tens of thousands of SF of steel painting experience but I'm a rookie with wood.

Your advice is welcome.

Does 150 then 200 sound ok?
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:56 PM   #6
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I went to the Texas Home Show this last Spring and there was a guy there, name of the company was Rick's Front Door, website is: www.aprettydoor.com. I did mine myself a couple of years ago, and it's starting to wear down again. I'm going to call him when I get around to getting it done again. They do it, I think in one day, at your house. From the samples they had at the Home Show and what I saw on their website, they do a great job and I didn't think their prices were bad.

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Old 08-04-2012, 12:47 PM   #7
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I have faded areas. I'm going to try to sand, restain then clear coat. I have tens of thousands of SF of steel painting experience but I'm a rookie with wood.

Your advice is welcome.

Does 150 then 200 sound ok?
I used 220 and then grade #0 steel wool on ours (not much 220) but I was just trying to smooth the top coat and prep the surface for the new coats. SW between coats.

Since you want to get down to the stain, 150 and 200 sounds reasonable if you are careful. 150 might be a little too coarse depending on how much clear is left and how extensive of an area you need to refinish. Try it out on an area that is flat and out of the way (near the top maybe where it won't be closely examined) to make sure it isn't too coarse. Be careful around the hard edges of any panels or moulding, it is really easy to round those off.

It is easier to take more off than fix it if you take too much off.
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:46 PM   #8
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Lightly sanded it with the palm sander and a flexible plastic mesh thingy Lowe's sells, wiped it with thinner to get all the dust of, got a matching stain (Red Oak) and wiped it on and off with rags, then hit it with a coat of polyurethane with a good brush. I'm gonna recoat it Sunday.

Took a half hour and looks as good as the day they installed it new. Was a breeze. Thanks for the help.
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Lightly sanded it with the palm sander and a flexible plastic mesh thingy Lowe's sells, wiped it with thinner to get all the dust of, got a matching stain (Red Oak) and wiped it on and off with rags, then hit it with a coat of polyurethane with a good brush. I'm gonna recoat it Sunday.

Took a half hour and looks as good as the day they installed it new. Was a breeze. Thanks for the help.
Great to hear!
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We just used Restore Your Door and were amazed at how nice our very worn door came back. It's gorgeous. We also went with the premium process.
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