Staining a fiberglass entry door can be a frustrating job, even some professionals admit it can be troublesome at times. Gel stain is the product that makes staining fiberglass possible and can be tricky . Getting informed regarding best methods of applications and ways to prevent common mistakes will put you ahead of the game.
Tricks of the Trade Tips for Applying and Removing Gel Stain
- When loading your paint brush, dip and wipe both sides very lightly to retain more stain in your bristles.
- Brush on an ample amount of gel stain to cover, when brushing off(removing and blending), leave a little opaqueness for natural effects.
- Always brush going with the grain.
- Once your brush becomes overly saturated, tap your brush tip on a clean, dry cloth until stain marks have subsided.
- Only apply your stain in the order as defined in the following section.
- When brushing off stain, use a vigorous back and forth motion to advance the drying process. This is what creates a build and tackiness. It allows you to work with the gel stain without it completely sliding off your door.
Staining Order Section 1-Raised Panels
The first section stain should be applied to, is the raised panels. To begin staining these, apply stain to the contour that surrounds the flat part of your pane by turning your brush so it fits just inside the contour and brush on your stain. Then, you will turn your brush flat to apply stain to the flat part of your raised panel. Now, brush off the stain to create the natural wood effect.
Staining Order Section 2-Horizontal Rails
These are all the flats running horizontally across your door that consist of the top rail, bottom rail, and middle rail. Load your brush with stain and turn it flat to contact as much surface as possible to apply. Reload brush with stain when needed. Remember to keep your brush within the rail you are working on. Once you have the stain applied, begin brushing off. Do the same procedure for each of the horizontal rails.
Staining Order Section 3- Vertical Rails
These are all the flats that run vertically. They consist of the mid rail, hinge rail, and lock rail. Begin by loading your brush heavier than the other two sections because these rails are larger areas. Lay your brush flat and begin at the top and brush to the middle. Then, brush from the bottom back to the middle again. Reload your brush with stain and brush the middle to adjoin the top and bottom strokes. Finish off by brushing the length of the entire rail. Finally, brush off your stain to create the natural wood look .
Applying Finish to Your Door
To give your door a lasting and beautiful finish you will apply polyurethane after your stain has dried completely. It will need to be applied in the same order the stain was. For best results, load your brush heavily and use as few strokes as possible. You may apply as many coats as you want, but two coats is necessary for superior protection.
Gel staining a fiberglass entry door requires quite a few steps to complete and is quite technical. Although troublesome at times, it is a project for any homeowner who agrees that saving a little money is what drives most do-it-yourselfers.