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Dull looking door

Discussion in 'Windows and Doors' started by GreyMack, 28 Mar 2011.

  1. GreyMack

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    My back door is wooden door (redish darkbrown colour) with a glass panel and I always used to use Pledge orange spray. It was quite a greasy product but did a great job of keeping the door (especially on the outside) looking shiny and in good condition.
    That product doesn’t seem to exist anymore and my back door is suffering, it’s started going what I can only describe as a dull white effect. The door doesn’t get a lot of sun but for some reason the door is going extremely dull.
    Now I have tried using normal pledge and even beeswax but it has no affect on dull white patches.

    Can anyone suggest a product which might help bring back to it’s former glory or maybe I need to stain it?
    Any ideas would be most appreciated.
     
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    is the door varnished?
     
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    Sounds as if it's a hardwood door (mahogany?) and that it is just a classic case of weatehering - greying patches.

    The best thing to do is give the door a good clean with white spirit to remove any waxy polish residue and use a combined stain/varnish to restore it to it's former glory.

    After cleaning, sand the grey areas back to a better coloured wood and then give the whole door a light sand (180 grit sandpaper).
    Apply two coats of your chosen colour exterior varnish, paying particular attention to the weathered areas, and the job should be done.
     
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    Cheers guys

    It is a mahogany door (Council installed) The weird thing was this orbange pledge used to keep it good but since that went out of circulation it's declined rapidly.
    I'm guessing because if it's original colour a similar mahogany wood stain would be best?
     
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    Ideally, yes.

    You can't make it lighter by applying a lighter stain - in case you were thinking along those lines. ;)
     
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    spray on polishes, on a stained surface, are liable to build up into a film and degrade over time, it is usually recommended that you just sponge them with warm water and a drop of detergent. Household polishes in particular may not be suitable for sun and rain.

    True, the stain will become duller with age as it wears away, but the better brands will usually last 5 years or so before needing another coat. indoors they last far longer. A flexible, breathing stain with UV resistance is best for outdoor timber. Varnish is more liable to crack and discolour, especially at joints.

    Sadolin is one I dislike, although very expensive, it does not have the clarity and sheen that Dulux and some others give, and goes very dull with age.

    On outdoor timber, the rubbing down and preparation is much more important than the brand of stain. For best results double-treat the tops and bottoms of doors, where moisture penetrates (this is often omitted in a poor-quality job because it's hard) and take off door furniture (knobs and handles etc) to treat the whole surface of the door.
     
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    Thanks for the replys
     
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