Fiberglass entry doors are the ultimate low maintenance door.
They are available with realistic-looking wood grain finishes
that makes it very hard to tell them from their real wood counterparts.
If you want a durable door that won’t dent, rot or rust, Fiberglass is the best choice. Manufacturers of fiberglass doors have really come along way with realistic grain patterns that make you take a second look. However the most important aspect to making it look authentic is the finish you apply.
ZAR Wood Stain and Polyurethanes are recommended finishes by many leading door manufacturers. By following these simple steps, you can have an entry door fit for a showroom.
For best results, lay the door on padded sawhorses. Remove all hardware, clean all dirt, dust and greasy stains using a cloth and mineral spirits (paint thinner). Mask the glass adjacent to all window moldings and remove all hardware (Fig 1).
Apply stain using a lint-free cloth in a circular motion (like you apply shoe polish) or a foam brush, working the stain into the embossed grain pattern (Fig 2).
Next, use your staining cloth or foam brush to smooth the stain in the direction of the grain (Fig 3). Do not wipe off excess stain. Remember, fiberglass doesn’t absorb stain like wood, so you need to leave a coat, like paint, on the door.
Work on the same area you just stained, use a clean, soft paintbrush to gently feather-out any streaks or lap marks (Fig 4). Be sure to feather the corners where the stain tends to pool. Occasionally remove the excess stain from the brush with a clean cloth.
If a darker color tone is desired, wait 24 hours and apply a second coat using the same steps as above. Allow the door to dry 24 hours, depending on drying conditions, before applying the polyurethane. Once you have allowed the door to dry, apply two thin coats of polyurethane. It is important to use interior polyurethane on the inside of the door and an exterior polyurethane, preferably one with UV inhibitors for doors exposed to direct sunlight, on the outside.
ZAR Wood Stain and Polyurethane are recommended by leading door manufacturers. You can find all the supplies you need at your local lumberyard, hardware store and home improvement center or visit www.zar.com and enter your zip code in the Dealer Locator
There are many different substrates
in your home made of a variety of materials.
ZAR Wood Stain is so versatile it can go on all of them.
Many different types of materials go into building a single-family home. Coordinating these different substrates into a cohesive design style is not always easy. Because ZAR Wood Stain has a unique full-bodied formula, it is ideal for all types of materials including but not limited to
ZAR goes on easy and wipes on evenly to form a uniform look on all types of surfaces.
ZAR comes in a variety of colors and can be tinted to match virtually any color in your home.
Because ZAR has a heavy bodied consistency, you can apply over painted surfaces without stripping or priming.
If you are restoring old wood, refinishing or finishing furniture or millwork, ZAR has what you need in wood stains and clear finishes.