9 Steps On How To Stain A Wood Door And Have It Look Amazing

Learn How Professional Painters In Ann Arbor Should Stain Your Wood Door
Door after following the steps for how to stain a door

How to stain a wood door changes based on the weather. It usually starts with removing the door, the knobs, and the locks.

Watch the video and read the steps below-

Let’s Get To Staining!

“Well, actually, we need to find a video on how to stain a wood door first,” says Jason.

Sarah blushes and looks around the front of the house. “Yeah, I know, I just got really excited to start for a second there.” Jason smiles and chuckles. “Happens to me all the time.”

Sarah clears her throat. “Then let’s start looking for a video. Here, let’s check out that one painting contractor’s website. They were super helpful for our last project where we learned how to stain wood countertops.”

Jason nods and gets out his phone to start searching. Here is what he and Sarah end up finding:

Door before staining
Door after staining

Tools And Materials For Staining Wood Doors

  • Stain
  • Scraper tool
  • Stir stick
  • Disposable paintbrush
  • Sander (80 and 180-grit)

How To Stain A Wood Door In 9 Steps

  1. Remove doorknobs and locks
  2. Sand old stain off if necessary
  3. Clean the wood door
  4. Take off the weather stripping
  5. Stir (don’t shake) stain to mix it
  6. Apply the first stain to the wood door
  7. Wait 24 hours for it to dry
  8. Apply the second stain to the wood door
  9. Reinstall the weather stripping and doorknobs and locks

We usually remove doors to paint or stain them. Since it’s cold out we can’t do that because the homeowners would freeze or skyrocket their bills.

Removing the weather stripping is important! A freshly painted or stained door will stick to the weather stripping. The next time you open the door something will rip off and it won’t be good.

Make sure there are no air bubbles in the stain!

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“If we have any leftover stain we can use it on another project,” points out Jason. Sarah nods absentmindedly. “Let’s see what else we can learn on this blog.”