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12:22PM | 05/03/03
Member Since: 05/02/03
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We built our house 3 yrs ago and th ebuilder put a faux finish (wood look) on the front exterior metal door. The clear coat is now coming off on the bottom. What should I use to sand the door with out messing up the faux finish? What should I put back on the door to protect the faux finish?


01:20PM | 05/04/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
196 lifetime posts
Tough call... I am thinking that if your clear is just peeling slightly - rough it up gently and recoat it.

I would just rub it with my hand first - then perhaps a very fine sandpaper - say 400 grit.

Make sure you are using a good quality Spar Varnish.

Why did the clear come off? Do you have a storm door to protect it? Is it at the bottom where it gets hit and kicked?

If you don't have a storm door for it - you might want to look into one.

As for it getting kicked - a nice brass kickplate would look really nice on a woodgrained door - and eliminate the wear issue at the bottom of the door.

Mr. Paint


01:27AM | 05/05/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
I agree with Mr. Paint on the storm door but you will need to apply a coat of spar varnish at least every 2 years to this door. Most failures on this type finish come from people waiting to long before applying another coat of varnish.
Remember a house is never maintenance free.


02:49PM | 05/20/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
I agree with Mr.Paint except that if the builder used Lacqueor on it the varnish and lacq would have a chemical reaction and don't go with eachother.

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