Finishing and Care




1. Do not drag doors or walk on them.
2. Do not subject them to extreme or rapid changes in humidity or heat.
3. Doors stored on a job site must have all six (6) surfaces sealed with a high-quality oil based sealant to prevent moisture absorption.

Preparation for Finishing

1.Machine and hang door before finishing, and then take it down to properly finish.

2. Doors must be sealed prior to installation of hardware and exposure to moisture and weather. Apply finish behind hinges, in bores and mortises. Doors must be properly finished within 72 hours before prolonged storage.

3. Adjust or align components before finishing if necessary. Wood panels and bars “float” and may be knocked into alignment with a wood block and mallet. Use caution not to damage the door.

4. Sand the entire surface lightly with 180-grit sandpaper before finishing. This is to remove handling marks, fingerprints and residues that may prevent a satisfactory finish.

5. Clean the door thoroughly with a cloth to remove all dust and foreign materials. Do not use abrasive or caustic cleaners on the door.

6. Doors must be dry before finishing. All 6 sides of the door must be finished. The edges (top, bottom and sides) are to be coated with wood conditioner and stain.

7. Glazed exterior doors with any exposure to the elements must have a cap bead of clear silicone applied around the perimeter of the glass on the exterior side or the warranty will be considered void.

8. It is the finisher’s responsibility to protect glass prior to and during finishing.

Care and Maintenance

Plastic film protection on the glass should be removed immediately after applying the finish. Failure to remove the plastic film at this time may cause harm to the glass and may create difficulty in removing the film. Use caution to avoid scratching the glass while cleaning it. Glass that is scratched due to cleaning is not covered by the warranty.


Lap the paint or varnish onto the glass 1/16”. Be sure all moulding miters are completely finished without gaps. And ensure there are no gaps where the panels meet.

If You Paint Use a high-quality oil-based primer and paint. If the door was primed at the factory, use two coats of an oil-based paint. Completely finish all 6 sides.

If You Stain A wood conditioner is highly recommended. Use an oil-based stain. We do not recommend stains containing polyurethane. Stain all six (6) sides. Once staining is complete seal all six (6) sides twice with a spar varnish or spar urethane. The warranty will be considered void if you do not seal all six (6) sides.


Exterior wood doors should be protected from the elements as much as possible. Sun, rain, and snow can break down the finish on your door and cause performance issues. As a rule of thumb, the recommended amount of overhang for a wood door is one-half the distance from the sill to the overhang for a northern, and eastern exposure and the entire distance for a southern or western one.

· When choosing a finish for a door that is exposed to the elements, it is recommended that you paint it with a light-colored, high-quality oil-based paint.


Like fine furniture, doors require periodic maintenance to keep the finish, operation and protection against the elements. Depending on the weather conditions, refinishing is best determined by observing the following:

· Hairline cracks in the finish
· Changes in the color of the finish
· Flaking or scaling of the finish
· Dullness or chalkiness of the finish

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