Entry doors are the gateway to a home. They provide protection and beauty while improving the overall value of a home. Different entry doors require specific upkeep, weatherproofing, and surface treatments. A fiberglass entry door provides superior protection and is fully customizable when stained or painted.
Are you looking for a new entry door? The door pros at Master Seal can help. Master Seal provides quality window and fiberglass door installation and repair. The Master Seal team is here to help you improve the value, look, and safety of your home with a new fiberglass door. With more than 40,000 installations and over 20 years of experience, we continue to satisfy the greater Baltimore, MD area with their home improvement projects. Call us now at 855.608.1580 for a free in-home consultation.
Should I Stain My Fiberglass Door?
Making a choice to change the color and shade of an entry door isn’t always easy. Fiberglass doors provide premium protection and easy cleaning. However, unlike wood, they don’t absorb every kind of stain. Finding the right gel stain is the first step toward getting the perfect shade and protection for your fiberglass door.
How to Stain Your Fiberglass Door
Like many projects, door staining is an easy DIY way to help keep your home entry safe and beautiful year-round. However, it also requires a few specific steps to ensure the right stain and protection. Stains are available in multiple finishes and are made from various materials. An oil-based gel stain will work best on fiberglass. You can also mix multiple shades for a custom color. Here’s a quick guild to staining your fiberglass door today.
Begin by removing the door and placing it either flat on a sawhorse or hanging it vertically. Removing the fiberglass door can help prevent smudging the stain or getting it on clothing while it dries. Once the door is in the workstation, take off any hardware, including the knob and deadbolt.
If your fiberglass door has rubberized caulking to seal window glass, you will want to remove extra caulk with a razor blade. It can be challenging to mask caulking, and staining caulk will cause uneven coloring. After removing the glazing, clean the glass with window cleaner.
Wash Door Before Staining
A clean door can ensure an even stain. Use a clean rag and mineral spirits or denatured alcohol to remove dust. If there is visible dirt, begin with soapy water for a deep clean. Sandpaper can damage fiberglass doors, so use only soft materials for cleaning.
Like cleaning, the stain should be applied with a clean cloth in the same direction as the door grain. Remove the excess stain before it dries for an even coat. Begin with the body of the door before moving to the window frame and vertical stiles. Once you finish, apply a top coat for a beautiful finish.
Always stain fiberglass doors in a well-ventilated, dust-free area. Do not sand between coats and follow manufacturer directions for the number of coats and dry time between applications. If you need more guidance for your home improvement projects, consult a door pro like the ones at Master Seal.
Call Master Seal Now for an In-Home Consultation
Not sure whether you should stain your fiberglass door? Let the pros at Master Seal help. No matter the size of your home improvement project, our team can help consult, assess, and get the project done. Door staining can be a great way to improve the physical appearance of your home and keep your fiberglass entry door in top condition. If you’re unsure if staining your current door is right for you or if you’re looking to upgrade to a new fiberglass door, call us now at 855.608.1580 to speak to a specialist and book a free in-home consultation.