How to stain a Wooden Door

Dos and Don’ts of Staining a Wooden Door

Staining a wooden door is a great way to breathe new life into the aging wood and will preserve the wood for years to come. Staining a wooden door is not rocket science, but there are some important things to keep in mind:

Always prepare the wood before staining. A light sanding and some wood conditioner will ensure an even stain colour and professional finish.
Before staining, be sure to stir the can thoroughly. Colour pigments inside the stain will settle on the bottom of the can which may cause uneven colouring.
Test the stain you are about to use on an inconspicuous spot to ensure that the colour of the stain is what you are looking for.
Applying two coats will ensure a darker, richer tone and will improve the longevity of the timber.

Do not keep the hinges, handles or knobs on the door while staining. Remove everything to avoid spilling stain on the metal – some stains will damage the colour of certain metals.
Do not allow unabsorbed stain to dry on top of the wood. Even though you might think that this causes a darker finished product, the stain will just peel off and leave an unfinished look.
Do not apply a clear protective finish until the stain has completely been absorbed and dried. The solvent in the finish will activate the damp stain and ruin the look of the door.