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MelindaA 12-22-2005 12:06 AM

Staining or Painting a New Fiberglass Door
I just had a new exterior fiberglass door installed in my home. Should I stain it or can I prime and paint it? I have never stained before. If I can prime and paint it, then what kind of primer should I use and what type of paint? semi- gloss or satin? oil based or water based? Any suggestions are appreciated.
Thank you for your help.

Kennedy 12-31-2005 09:37 PM

Is it a woodgrained door? If so you can stain with a gel stain and wipe down so the stain just stays in the embossed pores then poly. To paint; sand, the door down first to give the paint something to bite to. Porter Paint makes a great acrylic bonding primer (#515), then two topcoats of a good acrylic exterior paint. The choice of sheen is up to you, just scuff sand between coats.

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