Asked on Jan 10, 2019

How do I stain a wood front door?

TereLeisa YeagerBijous


My front door is in need of new stain, can I just clean it let it dry then put the stain on or do I have to sand it all down first? Thanks!

3 answers
  • Bijous
    on Jan 10, 2019

    Hi. There are polyurethanes that contain stain so a good cleaning is all that's needed. There is gel stain that lays on the surface (it will need to be sealed) that also only needs a cleaning. Then there is the sand and re-stain method. Depending on the condition your door's in will constitute what you do.

  • Leisa Yeager
    on Jan 10, 2019

    You will have to sand the sealer off first so the stain can absorb into the wood..if you have a Palm sander will take no time to do..good luck...

  • Tere
    on Jan 11, 2019

    As long as the new stain color is the same color as what's presently on it, or a darker shade, you don't need to sand it. You only need to sand off the old if the new stain is a lighter shade as it won't cover the old darker stain color underneath.

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