Exterior Door Refinishing

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Effectively Caring for Your Wood Entry Door

Most homeowners, if we’re honest, have a bit of a love-hate relationship with their wood entry doors. On one hand they can be warm, inviting, and beautiful, offering natural character and charm. 

They also, however, require knowledgeable care and upkeep to stay beautiful, almost like a piece of valuable outdoor furniture. Exposure to wind, rain, occasional ice, and UV rays all take a toll, and many doors are not equipped by either manufacturers (or even some painting companies) to stand up to the strain.

It’s essential that your door be properly protected.

Why the “Industry Standard” Just Doesn’t Cut It

The industry standard, held to by most manufacturers and painters, is to lightly sand the surface and simply apply one coat (sometimes two) of a 2-in-1 stain/polyurethane product. The door might look significantly better when the job is done, but we know that this is a 3-4 month solution that will ultimately leave you disappointed and your door vulnerable. 

It’s a bit like skipping sunscreen before spending a day by the pool, or using a product that is too weak for your skin tone. It might do the job initially, but you will certainly regret it the next day!

The Truth About Staining Your Front Door

Here at Nash Painting, we like to be completely transparent. We will never say the right words to simply sell a job, but would much rather offer all of the facts to help you make the very best decision for your home. 

This includes explaining the benefits and disadvantages of staining vs. painting your wood door, and the amount of money that should be budgeted for each. About 50% of our clients have no real preference between painting and staining! We like to confirm this before we put together a strategy for the more extensive and costly refinishing process.

How Much Does It Cost To Refinish a Door?

The average cost for a wood door refinishing project is between $450 and $1250, and can be much more expensive if the door has either detailed carvings or extensive damage. Some projects also require that the door be removed from the hinges to be sanded/stripped back to raw wood.  

In short, depending on the type of door and its exposure to the elements, owning a stained wood door will cost between $225-$600 per year to maintain. 

Our Door Refinishing Process (Perfected Over 14 Years)

With 14 years of experience to draw from, we have refined and perfected our refinishing techniques. And, the steps outlined below are applicable to most projects (unless there are extenuating circumstances like the ones listed above):

  1. Lightly sand the door to prepare previous clear coats for an additional coat. Damaged areas will be sanded with more intensity and detail to remove loose or failing sealers and any damaged wood fibers.
  2. Apply a custom-matched stain to blend as closely as possible with the previous stain color. Depending on the damage to the door, the wood pores may be open. This allows the stain to penetrate more deeply, causing those areas to stain darker than less damaged areas. Applying maintenance coats every 2 years helps to avoid this issue and maintain more color uniformity.
  3. Allow stain to dry, then apply 1 coat of a Spar Marine Grade Urethane.
  4. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
  5. Lightly sand the urethane coat and apply a second coat.
  6. Allow to dry for 24 hours again.
  7. Lightly sand and apply the 3rd (and final) coat of Marine Urethane.

Ready to Give Your Exterior Doors a New Finish?


Marine-grade urethane is the same product that is used to protect wood boats. To our knowledge, there is nothing available that will protect your door more effectively.  Alternative epoxy options have been popping up on the market, but have shown tendencies to yellow over time due to the sun’s UV ray exposure.  

As detailed and exceptional as this process is, your door will still be vulnerable in as little as 2 years. But, that is still far superior to the 3 months of protection that the cheaper process offers!

We Can Help You Make the Best Choice for Your Home

This leaves one important question that only you can answer: just how much do you love your wood door?

If you are impartial, we recommend the much more cost-effective option of simply painting it! In fact, paint will last 10 times longer and cost 90-98% less than wood refinishing.

But, if you are in love with your wood door (we understand!), be prepared to invest a substantial amount of time and money in its beauty and longevity. 

Contact the Nash Painting team today to begin discussing your specific door and maintenance options. We would be happy to help you preserve and care for your surfaces as effectively as possible, and will automatically remind you when it’s time to reapply your urethane.

Excellent! Professional, trustworthy, and truly committed to customer satisfaction.
— Kim B
My house looks better today, after their work, than it did when it was brand new.
— Chuck Trotter

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