05:24PM | 07/20/05
Member Since: 07/19/05
1 lifetime posts
My husband and I just had installed a fiberglass entry door purchased from a big home improvement chain. Now, neither of us had ever shopped for this type of item before and had no idea what to look for or to ask for.

When we priced out the door with the salesperson, we clearly stated on several occassions that we wanted the fiberglass door that you can stain to look like wood. The individual who worked up the sale was having lots of trouble with the computer system. Evidentally, we are now paying the price for our ignorance because they installed a smooth-finish door. Forgive me if I couldn't tell that the item on the quote that reads: "Product: Smooth" meant I can't stain it now.

So my question is: Is there any way to apply a fake wood grain to this door? I have seen on the internet articles for applying gel stain with a wood-graining tool to metal doors. Can this same technique be applied to a fiberglass door?

Thanks, in advance,



12:33AM | 07/21/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
91 lifetime posts
faux finishing, when done by a very experienced pro can simulate wood grain & coloring. I have never seen it done successfully by an amateur.


03:14PM | 04/05/16
I did a wood grain finish on a smooth and it turned out beautiful; I am no professional. I used a wood grain tool and gel stain.
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