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    Default Finish/Protect Jarrah External Doors

    I have stripped the paint off some old jarrah verandah doors. I want to finish them off and protect them but keep them looking natural. (Not super shiny)

    I'm not sure what to use.

    They get a bit of sun and some rain when it's stormy.

    Also, no matter how hard I try there's still very-very fine paint marks in some of the woods grain. I'm not sure if it will show up when I finish or how I go about removing it.

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    The paint left in the grain will show, but depending on its colour may not be all that noticeable.

    You could try something like a brass bristle brush if you don't want to hit it with paint stripper.

    My recommended finish - seeing as you don't want a high gloss - would be an oil finish; one of the decking oils would be an easy way to find something.

    No matter what finish you use it will need maintennance - if you go the varnish route you'll be looking at sand and revarnish around every 5 years, which I think is considerably more work than quickly wiping on some fresh oil every 6-12 months.

    I'd probably be tempted to use an epoxy resin finish on the top and bottom of the door to seal it well in those 'out of sight, out of mind' areas.

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    I've hit it with a heat gun, sander, paint stripper (not in that order) and the 3M abrasive pad that you use on a drill and I still have paint in the grain (only slightly) Actually that 3M pad really worked well. Wore a few of those out.

    Thanks for the tip about the deck oil...


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