Finishing Instructions

Providing the exact stain colors seen on our doors is not really possible. Some of the doors we have stained, some are customer chosen stains. Where we have stained the doors, it is a proprietary color blend (not available for purchase). Rather, we have information regarding the properties required of stains. Color is to be determined by the customer. We have provided an article regarding the common stains our customers use, but we cannot provide guidance as to which color it is.

We are selling a stain-grade unfinished door that the customer is responsible for finishing or having professionally finished. We are not selling the door with the outcome you will be able to finish it as shown and achieve the same color. Therefore, we do not make color recommendations or recommendations for stain products. Please seek the guidance of your local stain vendor or professional finisher when choosing the color and appropriate product for finishing your door.

Suggested articles:

Preparing Your New Door for Finishing:
Staining Your New Front Door: 
What Stain Colors Are Acceptable?

All exposed surfaces (including the top, bottom, side edges and the hardware cutouts) must be stained and sealed no more than 30 days after installation.

  1. Prior to finishing, remove all debris, oils, and any other materials the unit may be exposed to during handling and installation. This is achieved by sanding the entire door with proper care by a professional to ensure no sanding marks.
  2. Depending on the stain material/stain manufacturer chosen, all directions must be followed including application and sanding techniques between clear coats in order to ensure proper appearance and stain coverage.
  3. All exposed surfaces of the door must be sealed, including the top, bottom, side edges and the hardware cutouts.
  4. It is imperative and will void any warranty of the door unit if a product is used that is intended for interior use and does not contain a UV inhibitor.
  5. Exterior surfaces, including the top, bottom and sides of the door must be finish coated with a good quality exterior grade paint or topcoat. At least three (3) coats of exterior grade topcoat with a UV inhibitor must be applied.
  6. Dark opaque stains as well as dark colored paints in installations with high sun exposure will not be covered under warranty as cracking, splitting, and warping are at high risk in this application. Staining or painting the door black or any other dark opaque colors will void the warranty. These colors cause harm to the wood components by absorbing excess heat/UV rays.
  7. Most finishes on exterior doors deteriorate due to exposure to elements. To ensure exterior doors receive the protection required, inspect the condition of exterior topcoat at least once a year and recoat as often as needed to maintain the protective stability of the finish.