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Old 10-15-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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Best Gel Stain for Fiberglass door

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My front door faces the morning sun. It's a Pella fiberglass door that has a gel stain from minwax on it. This stuff seems to only last about 2 yeas before we have to re-coat it again. Is there anything out there better in a gel-stain than minwax?


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Old 10-15-2013, 09:30 AM   #2
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Bet it's a dark color.
Dark colors are not suggested for doors in the direct sun and are just going to hold up as long.


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Old 10-15-2013, 11:23 AM   #3
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Not a big fan of the gel stains. That was the way to go back in the day. Joe is right, the gel (and hopefully the clear coat over it) takes a beating in direct sunlight. This might be the time to sand off the gel and prime and paint the door. Just my two cents'.
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:18 PM   #4
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The gel stain is not your problem, it only offers color. The stain is protected by the succeeding varnish coats ( at least three coats). Yes, the color can make a big difference, however without the clear coats you’re *issing into the wind and doomed for failure. Go to and research “Exterior 450" semi-gloss. If you have a friend who is a painter and prides himself with his/her brushing skills, you might consider paying him a few bucks and allowing him/her to finish it once you’ve re-stained the door.
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