Restain or paint

A new door but the varnish is peeling. Should I restain or paint only the outside part? Would that look funny? Thanks!

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 04, 2018
    I would lightly sand it and restrain,then put a non-yellowing sealant on it

  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Mar 04, 2018
    I think I'd sand lightly and restain.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Mar 04, 2018
    I would sand it off with a light sandpaper. Prime it with a good quality primer such as Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 and then put a top coat on. You can use a latex paint and it is okay if you do only the one side. If the varnish is peeling it may have been the wrong kind and not weather proof. If you want to re-varnish, then sand to get the old stuff off and to remove the gloss. Re-stain if you wish and then put at least two coats of good exterior varnish on. You can use the small sponge brushes for this step. Read the instructions on the tin as varnish should not be shaken before use.

  • Aunt Queenie Aunt Queenie on Mar 04, 2018
    i would retain and then use a protective sealer

  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Mar 04, 2018
    The two answers you have are good ones if you have to re-stain, but a new door should not do this! This happening to a new door means the product was not applied correctly. Contact the supplier/manufacturer and let them know the problem. You may be getting a new door!

  • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Mar 04, 2018
    You might want to try lightly sanding and then use either Watco exterior oil or Thompson’s water seal over the door on the outside. I personally prefer the Watco exterior oil for this type of project and you can always add another layer of oil anytime to keep it protected. You can pour the oil into steel wool to lightly sand the door as you oil it too! Then just wipe off exce with a clean dry rag and let dry! Much easier to work with then trying to lacquer or varnish but will take more time to dry! Will hold up better to the hard sun and rain too! Another thing you may want to consider is either a stainless steel or brass piece of metal you can get at most any home improvement center that will attached to the lower section of your door as a kick protector that will protect your door at the bottom where the door usually starts peeling the most at! Best of luck

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 04, 2018
    I would paint the outside with a marine epoxy paint, and top coat with spar varnish. I would restain the inside personally but paint would work too. Be sure to use a coat of primer to prevent the stain from bleeding through.