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What sort of “wood stain” can I use on exterior white primed softwood doors?

The wood has been primed with a white primer but I want to use a natural wood stain and not sure if this will work. Will I have to sand them down first?

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6 Responses to “What sort of “wood stain” can I use on exterior white primed softwood doors?”

  1. cosmic said :

    i have to say yes you will need to rub them back to bare wood…a stain will only take into the wood fibres which are now covered in paint… careful using softwood for exterior doors always keep them well stained and then if using a basic stain you will need to seal them or yes they will quickly rot out

  2. Timmy!!! said :

    Yeah, you need to get the primer off in order for the stain to penetrate the wood.

  3. boy boy said :

    sand it smooth and then apply allmost any wood stain you will need at least 4 coats to lose the white

  4. big_mustache said :

    Stain goes on bare wood, not primed. If you really want to use the stain you will need to sand off all the primer.

  5. ELIZABETH M said :

    Yes you will have to sand them down and may even have to strip off the undercoat. After sanding try a small area to see how it turns out. If it doesn’t work you are going to have to strip the paint off anyway so it is worth a try. I always use Ronseal, it does what it says on the tin, but I am sure that others can do the job.

  6. stephen j said :

    dulux make a product called brush wood this is a two part stain one being a basecoat similar in finish to a paint the topcoat being a mahogany type stain ihave used it in the past to renovate old handrails with years of paint on them looks ok if done correctly


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