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    My good lady wife has chosen a joinery door from the big green shed. she'd like it to be a feature door and wants to keep the timber finish. After reading lots I am very confused as to the easiest coating for the timber so protect it without changing the colour too much. for maintenance is it better to use an oil or a varnish?

    The door faces north but is protected by the eve and will be behind a screen door shortly after being installed.

    Any toughts would be appreciated - it seems it needs to be done before the fat man makes his round the world trip.

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    Have used the Monocel clear Marine grade coatings for exterior doors, some of these were in very exposed situations, and the coatings have lasted well without splitting or flaking.

    Monocel Gold Marine Grade Clear Timber Varnish

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    Quote Originally Posted by METRIX View Post
    Have used the Monocel clear Marine grade coatings for exterior doors, some of these were in very exposed situations, and the coatings have lasted well without splitting or flaking.

    Monocel Gold Marine Grade Clear Timber Varnish
    That's the one I tried to recall in an earlier thread. I think it's great, on the exterior of my back door and for several years now.

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    thanks Metrix and Phil.

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    + 1 for Monocel

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    Quote Originally Posted by METRIX View Post
    Have used the Monocel clear Marine grade coatings for exterior doors, some of these were in very exposed situations, and the coatings have lasted well without splitting or flaking.

    Monocel Gold Marine Grade Clear Timber Varnish
    I use that for everything, interior or exterior.
    Great stuff.

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    Our front entry door is a bit exposed to the weather so having spent a lot of time maintaining timber on boats I opted for a a light sanding, full encapsulation with a solvent free epoxy resin, another light sanding and 4 coats of high UV resistant varnish.

    That was many years ago and it looks fantastic.

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    thank you very much everyone. now if i can only get the finish/colour requirements to stop changing daily I can buy the appropriate products and get the job done.

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    Can that Monocel be used over a painted door? We have a particular paint colour on our front door and while it is an exterior paint it seems to be loosing its lustre after only 3 years and i'd like to return it to the shine and semi transparency it had when newly done
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    Surface Preparation

    • Surface preparation is important. All surfaces should be free from grease, grime, dust and other contaminants. fine sand and ensure all sharp corners and edges are rounded of and then thoroughly dusted.
    All previous paint, varnish, shellac or lacquer must be totally removed before coating with Monocel Gold. A wood stain can be applied at this stage if required.
    • Allow sealer coat to dry a minimum of 4 hours before filing any imperfections with a suitably coloured putty/stopper.

    Allow to dry for 24 hours before lightly sanding and proceeding with subsequent coats.


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    OK Thanx So I better go and get the clear acrylic
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    That bit about removing all previous paint etc would be more to do with getting the timber appearance, it being a clear type of coating.
    If varnishing timber, you don't want to see crap underneath!

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    Gents, the good lady wife has finally settled on a clear finish for the front door (i spent the weekend painting the existing door with sample pots of different colours).

    Small problem - i have managed to get some o-ring grease on the new door when test fitting all the locks and handles before painting.

    What do you use to clean bare timber for varnishing?

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    I would use Acetone, to remove the bulk and give it another wipe just prior to coating.

    Note this will evaporate very quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowMick View Post
    What do you use to clean bare timber for varnishing?
    Sandpaper

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    Quote Originally Posted by METRIX View Post
    Surface Preparation

    • Surface preparation is important. All surfaces should be free from grease, grime, dust and other contaminants. fine sand and ensure all sharp corners and edges are rounded of and then thoroughly dusted.
    All previous paint, varnish, shellac or lacquer must be totally removed before coating with Monocel Gold. A wood stain can be applied at this stage if required.
    • Allow sealer coat to dry a minimum of 4 hours before filing any imperfections with a suitably coloured putty/stopper.

    Allow to dry for 24 hours before lightly sanding and proceeding with subsequent coats.

    I would recommend at least 48 hours between coats, especially in the tropics.


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