Which is better for a door that gets rain, paint or varnish?

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Which is better for a door that gets rain, paint or varnish?
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  • What type of door - factory or DIY? All told paint will generally last the longest & not require yearly follow up with a coat to deal with UV rays (especially for fiberglass) Beyond that & looks wise I would go with a stain varnish for real wood (and some high end fiberglass) due to the looks
  • Des9431231 Des9431231 on Nov 22, 2016
    oil based enamel paint
  • Sharon Bernardo Sharon Bernardo on Nov 22, 2016
    2 different looks : Paint = opaque Stain = translucent It can depend on how bare your door material is.
  • Clay B Clay B on Nov 22, 2016
    I would base decision more on sun exposure than rain. Spar Varnish for exterior use; from my experience, does not last as long as paint when exposed to sunlight. If shady, either is fine. Remember, good prep is 90% of a good job.
  • Meri C Meri C on Nov 22, 2016
    In my experience, paint with a sealer.
  • Oan14876129 Oan14876129 on Dec 19, 2016
    There is a Marine Varnish out there, made for weatherproofing boats. I'll bet this would work for you.
  • Margueriteellis Margueriteellis on Apr 24, 2017
    Your best bet is to sand the door down, and finish it with multiple coats of an exterior spar varnish that’s made for boats. Spar varnish contains ingredients that block UV rays and is more flexible than standard polyurethane, so it adheres better without cracking or peeling. Exterior polyurethane with UV blockers is also available, but it doesn’t hold up as well outside as spar varnish.

  • Kay Kay on Apr 25, 2017
    I would use an all weather out door paint especially made for this. Re garding sealing, that would depend on the type of paint used. You may how ever need to sand and apply one or two coats of primer first! Go to your local paint/ hardware store they should be able to help/guide you through this. I would suggest you take a photo of the door with you that way they will have a better idear of the condition of the door and will be better able to help you. Hope this has been useful/ helpful. Kay Adelaide Australia