A few years ago, I took my mahogany front door down and did a complete refinishing: stripping, sanding, staining and finishing it with Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane. It faces west, however, without much shade, so I knew that it would eventually need a fresh coat of protection.
A close inspection revealed what I had expected: the finish had gradually weakened under the harsh rays of the sun and was in need of reinforcement.
After cleaning off all the dust and dirt that had accumulated on it, I lightly sanded the old finish with #220-grit sandpaper to give the new finish a scuffed surface to grip.
I then wiped off the sanding dust and brushed on a fresh coat of Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane. Given the heaviness of the door, I opted to leave the door on its hinges, so I had to be careful not to brush it on so thick that it would sag or run.
The entire project took less than two hours from start to finish and will provide our front door with the protection it needs against the relentless sun and rain.
Until next time,
Measure twice, saw once.
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