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bolumenb

01:21PM | 06/08/02
Member Since: 05/11/02
19 lifetime posts
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I stained a fiberglass door about 2 years ago with a gel type stain and it was already getting bad (discoloring) a year later so then I restained it and applied a coat of varnish and now the varnish is peeling and the door does not look very good. What am I doing wrong? I used the proper stain according to the manufacturer. I know I need to sand the door to take the varnish out and restain but I don't want to do this every year. The inside of the door is O.K, so it has to do with the weather - son, snow, rain which the door sees some even though it is only partially exposed due to been several feet inside a small porch.
Thanks,
Bill

rpxlpx

07:07AM | 06/10/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I had a similar problem, but with a wood door when my house was new. After several re-coats of varnish, I used a good marine varnish. That lasted a few years, but then it also was ruined by weather (and the brick moulding rotted near the bottom). I finally replaced the door with a metal clad one and have had no more problems.

Mustang

12:10PM | 06/10/02
Member Since: 01/22/02
101 lifetime posts
At the risk of sounding stupid how does one stain a fiberglass door?? However, for the final coating I would use a spar varnish. There's no way around it, the elements are going to win in relatively short duration when it comes to coatings we the general public can purchase.

bolumenb

05:21PM | 06/10/02
Member Since: 05/11/02
19 lifetime posts
There is a gelled stain that is for fiberglass doors.

Mark Hammond

06:19PM | 06/18/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Hi all,
Just being curious but did any of these doors have a storm door on the outside? In some cases the heat that builds up between the doors can remove paint and even melt fiberglass parts, even in winter. FYI.....Mark Hammond

bolumenb

01:43AM | 06/19/02
Member Since: 05/11/02
19 lifetime posts
No storm door. I removed those we had prior to installing these new fiberglass doors. Good thought though.
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