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Old 10-30-2008, 02:12 PM   #1
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Refinishing exterior door


I am refinishing my front door and need to know the best type of varnish or finish to use on it. The door faces the northwest and takes a beating from the elements.

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What is the door made of and what (if anything) is on it now?

The best stain/varnish type door finish I know of for wood doors is Sikkens Door and Window
It's a three coat system, and more of a urethane than varnish, but it's the best I've used (under some pretty harsh conditions out here)

You can use 3 coats clear, but the UV protection is minimal
I'd use at least one coat color (two coats clear)
But I'd say two coats color (one coat clear) is ideal
You can use 3 coats color for the best UV protection (like south facing doors in the Northern Hemisphere)

Spar varnishes have their own issues if not done every year, don't expand/contract enough in varied conditions (can crack and peal and discolor under those areas), and the slightest breach in finish takes lots of prep to re-do (and looks horrible until you do fix it)
That being said, it can be a great look if maintained, and your conditions may favor them more than others like mine

There are some other good "spar" urethanes (like Helmsman), but that Sikkens is hard to beat

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