Wood Door Finishing, Care & Installation Guidelines

Wood Door Finishing, Care & Installation Guidelines

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Preparation for Field-finishing 1) Prior to finishing, ensure that the building atmosphere is dried to a normal, interior relative humidity. Ensure that the doors have been allowed to equalize to a stable moisture content. 2) Doors must be finished prior to final installation. 3) To assure uniform moisture exposure and dimensional control, ALL surfaces must be treated equally. This includes front and back, top, bottom and 2 sides. 4) Before preparation and finishing, cut, fit and hang the door. Then remove the door and any hardware prior to finishing. When trimming the door, do not remove more than 1˝ from the bottom rail and/or 1 ⁄ 2 ˝ from the top rail of the door. Do not reduce the width of the door by removing more than 1 ⁄ 2 ˝ from either side edge. Removal of more than these amounts from the door will void the warranty. 5) Before applying the first finishing coat, sand entire surface lightly to remove handling marks, raised grain or other undesirable blemishes. Use 120 to 180 grit sandpaper, and always sand in the direction of the grain. Spot sanding can cause the finish to appear splotchy. 6) After sanding, clean the entire door with a clean cloth to remove all dust or foreign debris. (Avoid caustic or abrasive cleaners). 7) Certain species of wood contain chemicals which react unfavorably with certain finishes, causing dark stain spots. Where possible, the finish selection should be tested prior to complete application. 8) Avoid very dark stains or dark colored paints on door surfaces exposed directly to sunlight. Dark colors induce warpage. 9) Properly finish the entire door. Coat all 6 edges (including top, bottom, sides, and face surfaces) with each application. Adequate drying time between coats must be allowed, as the door must be dry before the next finishing step. Exterior Finishing Caution: GlassCraft Door Company does not evaluate all of the available paints, stains or application requirements. Contact your paint dealer for systems best suited for your geographic region. Select only top quality finishes, and follow all of the finish manufacturer's complete instructions. Stain-and-Clear Finish 1) To color stain and seal, make first coat a stain or stain-and-sealer coat. All stain and clear finishes will perform better if protected from the direct effects of sunlight and moisture weathering, thereby requiring refinishing less frequently. 2) Make second coat a top quality sanding sealer or top coat material. Urethane-based finish systems with UV inhibitors are an excellent choice for a door finish. Be sure the door surface to be finished is satisfactory in both smoothness and color after each coat before applying the next coat. Individual Product Finishing Costs The cost for the finishing of a door, sidelite, transom, or jamb unit varies depending upon the products size, type of finish and production time. Suggested Retail Pricing is as follows: Item Traditional Finish Antique Finish Distressed Finish Doors up to 3´ 0˝ X 6´ 8˝ in size $ 550 each $82 0 each $1,060 each Doors over 3´ 0˝ X 6´ 8˝ (including 8´ 0˝ high doors) $665 each $ 975 each $ 1,295 each All sidelites or transom frames or s ash $2 95 each $ 390 each $585 each Refer to the Mahogany & Knotty Alder Entry Door Catalog online for detailed Prefinish Pricing info for all available door and entryway configurations.

3) Lightly sand with 220 to 360 grit sandpaper between each top coat. Remove dust before re-coating. 4) Minimum of 3 top coats (in addition to the base stain coat) on all 6 edges is required for proper protection.

Recommended staining and finishing steps:

• Remove handling marks and final sanding • Raw wood treated with penetrating wiping stain • Repeat penetrating wiping stain if required for desired color • Light sanding if desired • First coat of sanding sealer or top coat • Fine sand by hand • Second coat of top coat • Fine sand by hand • Third coat of top coat

Paint Finish: 1) To paint finish your door, use a solvent based primer coat and a compatible solvent based finish coat. 2) Sand all surfaces between all coats of primer and finish. 3) A minimum of three top coats on all 6 edges is recommended for proper protection.

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