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Old 06-16-2007, 04:40 PM   #1
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I just bought an unfinished mahogany entry door with sidelights. I have no idea how to finish it. My first thought was to lightly sand it and put some polyurethane on it.
At Lowes the price difference between finished and unfinished is $1000 so there's got to be more to it.
How do I go about finishing this?
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Old 06-16-2007, 09:45 PM   #2
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Not polyurethane. You need a good marine grade spar varnish. There are several companies that make them. The standard spar varnish you get at most stores isn't worth using. I've sold Sikkens brand in the past for the few people who really need that level of protection. It goes for about $110 a gallon, but is well worth the price. You'll want to apply several coats, sanding between each coat.
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Exterior door?
I have to agree with poppa
For a nice chunk of premium wood there's nothing like a marine grade Yacht/Spar varnish
The good stuff does cost between 100 and 150 a gallon, and you can't just bloob it on
It'll take a few coats, sanding, tack cloth,etc....

I suppose technically you could poly, or stain and poly, or just stain...but it won't hold up very long
And it'll look real bad as it goes, and give you more work to re-coat it
I wouldn't suffer a nice mahogany door like that
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Is this the stuff?
http://www.boatersworld.com/product/...nishes-sealers
Can this be applied with a brush or should it be sprayed?
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As far as I know, all of these types of finishes should be brushed
Although I use Sikkens products, I haven't used that one
I would trust it based on my uses of other Sikkens products

There's a little info on prep and tools on this link (and I can recommend the product, But you may have to mail order, or go to N.H. to get it...lol)
http://www.finepaintsofeurope.com/ma...t_varnish.aspx
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That looks like the stuff to me. They've changed the label a bit. Here is another site for some good info. http://www.yachtpaint.com/usa/default.asp How is the UV protector content of the Fine Paints of Europe product slickshift? I've had a couple customers request this stuff but I can't justify becoming a dealer of it with the prices they charge and the lack of demand in this area. That said they can order it themselves as cheap as I can get it.
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...I can't justify becoming a dealer of it (FPE) with the prices they charge and the lack of demand in this area. That said they can order it themselves as cheap as I can get it.
I'm not surprised
Those "Euro-Gallons" mean it actually retails on the site for 149 a Real American Gallon
They tend to push directly to homeowners and bypass the contractors/retailers
They don't seem to mind...they seem to prefer it
So I could see them not really giving a deal to retailers

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How is the UV protector content...?
I couldn't give you actual content figures, but with the sun and salt out here I can tell you...it's not junk...I have no problem recommending it
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Good to hear. We had a lady do her whole house in Accolade and Perfection and she decided to special order the FPE Spar for her doors instead of getting the Sikkens through us. Evidently she is a big fan of it.
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What is the typical finish for an entry door? I'm more tempted to go with satin over gloss because dust specs or any other irregularities are not as easy to notice.

Edit: Wife wants satin, that answers that question.
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I believe (but don't hold me to it) that the Sikkens products are satin. They make a separate gloss component to top coat it with if you want a high gloss finish.
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