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04:50AM | 11/19/01
Member Since: 11/18/01
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We have two buildings with Mahogany Doors with Southern Exposures and the finish on the doors is peeling off after only a couple of years. I believe the finish is some type of varnish.

What is the best way to finish the doors so that they do not peel when exposed to the sun? Is there a finish used on wooden boat trim that takes the sun well? Someone suggested a solid stain for the doors. Someone else suggested some other type of finish that completely contradicted the guy who recommended the solid stain. Who should I believe. Thanks in advance for any help.

Bob

Alan

02:30AM | 11/20/01
Member Since: 10/09/01
48 lifetime posts
Common problem in England. Lots and lots of varnished front doors.

I checked it out years ago and one varnish manufacturer advised THIRTEEN coats of varnish was necessary to protect the door from sun rays!! May be overkill but it does indicate the extent of the problem.

However, I built and lived on a sailboat in California and varnished all my wood with "Spar/Marine" varnish and I had no problems - but that was only over 3 years. I'm sure I would have had to recoat shortly after.

Whether you use marine varnish or an exterior Polyurethane, be sure to buy the one that states "UV Protection". AND be prepared to recoat every few years.

Bottom line - both your friends were in fact correct. The best protection is a solid stain/paint but you can maintain a natural wood finish at a little extra cost and effort.

Hope that helps and good luck. Alan

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