If you are planning to use new unfinished doors in your construction project, this post will help you walk you throw the staining process.
1. Remove the door from hinges if the door is already up. There is less of a chance of causing damage to the door or surrounding molding and walls this way.
2. Sand lightly with 100-150 grit sandpaper and then finish with 180-220 grit sandpaper in the direction of the woodgrain. Always start with heavier grit sandpaper to get rid of the rough spots in the wood and finish the door with a lighter grain for a smooth finish. Once you’re able to run your hands along with the door and not feel a snag, you’re done!
3. Wipe down with a clean, damp cloth and let dry – completely. Water will not interact well with stain.
4. Apply the first layer* of stain with a clean cloth and let dry for 24 hours. Don’t forget the little details on the door – every inch should be coated with the stain!
5. Apply a coat of varnish or urethane and let dry for 24 hours.
*If the first layer did not produce desired results, lightly sand the door with 190-220 grit sandpaper for a smooth finish, apply an additional layer of stain, let dry 24 hours, and apply another coat of varnish or urethane to seal and wait another 24 hours.