How to Stain an Exterior Mahogany Door

Mahogany exterior doors are beautiful on their own, but there are times when you might want a darker finish. That is certainly possible, but it is important to remember that you can only stain wood to a darker finish. In order to lighten the finish, paint must be used and the procedure is different. Staining exterior doors is a fairly simple process that can be completed in a day's time.

Mahogany exterior doors can be stained a darker color, but not lighter.

Ensure that the exterior mahogany door is clean and dry. The door should be placed in a well-ventilated area that will remain dry until you are done staining it.

Sand your mahogany exterior doors with fine grit sandpaper to scruff the surface of the door.

Apply a layer of stain and filler combination to the entire door with a high quality paintbrush. The stain and filler combination can be found at building supply stores. It will help fill the pores of the wood and create a smooth base. Allow the filler to dry for four to six hours.

Stain the exterior door with an alkyd-resin based stain and sealer combination using a high quality paintbrush. Wait 4 to 6 hours for the stain to dry.

Sand the door lightly with fine grit sandpaper and apply a second coat of stain. Again, allow the stain to dry for four to six hours. If a third coat of stain is required, sand the door lightly between coats.

Things You Will Need

  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Stain and filler combination
  • High quality paint brush
  • Alkyd resin based stain and sealer combination

About the Author

Marsanne Petty has been a writer and photographer for over ten years, and is currently pursuing the combination in tandem. She attended Madison Community College, receiving a degree in Administration. She has published several articles for magazines, including Jack Magazine, and the local newspaper, the Jasper News. Her latest creation, a pictoral history of Hamilton County, Florida, was published in early 2009 through Arcadia Publishing.

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