Every exterior wooden door will need refinishing sooner or later, and mine was no exception: Exposure to the afternoon sun had left the varnish peeling. The previous owners may not have selected a quality exterior finish for the door, or perhaps they didn&rsquot prepare the wood properly. But when you combine proper preparation with a finish designed to withstand the rays of the sun, it should last for several years, not just months.
Stain and varnish always penetrate better on a horizontal surface, so to get the best results, take the door off of its hinges. (You&rsquoll need a partner, as solid wood is heavy.) To cover the door opening, make a temporary barrier a sheet of &frac12&quot exterior plywood, cut to the same dimensions as the door and screw it into the jamb. Position the door on a workbench or a pair of sawhorses, with a dropcloth underneath. (Stain and varnish can leave lasting marks on floors.) Don the protective gear, and make sure the area is well-ventilated. So let us take a look at 25 good view how to restore a varnished front door with carved design below.
1. How To Refinish An Entry Door Old House Restoration Products
Apply a thick coat of remover and let it sit according to the manufacturer&rsquos directions. As the remover softens the old finish, it will begin to bubble. Use a wide scraper to carefully remove most of the finish (above, left), then rub with a coarse scrub pad dipped in mineral spirits. Make a third pass with a rag dipped in mineral spirits to remove the last of the wax and open up the wood&rsquos pores. Wait a day, then lightly sand the door with 180-grit sandpaper on an orbital sander (above, right) and remove the wood dust with a utility vacuum.