How to renovate this external door?

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Hi all

Love the door; hate the colour.

Lighter colour is the original colour (first picture) which we much prefer. Darker colour (the other two pictures) seems to be stained.

Can I simply sand this back to the original lighter colour and then seal it?

Other option is painting, which I assume involves sanding priming and then painting with a suitable external colour?

Any advice much appreciated, as I've never done this before

Thanks
 

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If its a tined lacquer you could strip it with a chemical paint remover -get a professional one, but you wont get it as light as the inside, its likely to be patchy

Also you cant have a clear finish on the outside, clear finishes very limited UV protection, so you will need to use a tinted finish with a minimum colour of "light oak".

If you finish it clear, the UV will burn through the finish in about 6 months -I know I used to run a joinery company and have had this conversation with industry specialists numerous times.

If it was me I would use a sikkens type finish, maybe classic to start and then a top coat.

you will have to strip back if you want to change from a reddish tone to an oak tone
 
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Super helpful thank you. I'm gonna have to Google all of this!
 
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If its a tined lacquer you could strip it with a chemical paint remover -get a professional one, but you wont get it as light as the inside, its likely to be patchy

Also you cant have a clear finish on the outside, clear finishes very limited UV protection, so you will need to use a tinted finish with a minimum colour of "light oak".

If you finish it clear, the UV will burn through the finish in about 6 months -I know I used to run a joinery company and have had this conversation with industry specialists numerous times.

If it was me I would use a sikkens type finish, maybe classic to start and then a top coat.

you will have to strip back if you want to change from a reddish tone to an oak tone

Thanks again for this. When you say "top coat", do you mean paint or stain? Not sure which is best here.
 

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