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Friday, October 9, 2015

Saddle River Mahogany Doors

Thinking of a grand statement to grace the entrance of your home? A set of mahogany doors provide a grand statement to the entrance of your home. Mahogany varies from yellowish, reddish, pinkish, or salmon colored when freshly cut, to a deep rich red, to reddish brown as the wood matures with age. Mahogany is fine to medium texture, with uniform to interlocking grain, ranging from straight to wavy or curly. 
Mahogany responds well to hand and machine tools, has good nailing and screwing properties.
This project was a stripping of the old finish, sand smooth, apply new stain and varnish.
The two pictures below show the condition of the doors when I first saw them. The home owners had hired a person to refinish the doors about 4 years ago. The person who worked on these doors had no idea on what should  be done and what products to use. The stain had been applied in such a manner that the doors were blotchy, some areas had almost no stain and some areas had too much stain left on. The clear coat which was applied appears to be a product made for interior use only.
The home owners were led to believe this worker was well versed in this type of work. Well, the end story was their entrance way looked less than desirable.
Some of the discoloration is from the weather, some was from mold taking hold in the clear coat.


We began by cleaning the doors. Then it was onto the sanding. Using several grits of sand paper we were able to remove most of the stain and clear coat. Some of the detailed areas were sanded with small pieces of sand paper and alot of elbow grease! Note: We use a Festool RO90DX multi-mode sander. This machine saves time and man power.


The sanding of both doors took approximately 9 hours. The final sanding was with 220 grit by hand. The next step was cleaning the doors and using a tack cloth to remove remnants of dust. The stain which was used was Old Masters, Rich Mahogany, 84304, oil based gel stain. The gel stain is a deep penetrating wiping stain. With deep red tones, hints of plum and raspberry, it accentuates the natural beauty of the wood.

After 24 hours of drying time, the applications of varnish begins. I prefer McCloskey's, Man-O-War spar (marine)varnish.
High-build to resist weathering, salt air and water. Between each application, the doors are lightly sanded, cleaned and a final cleaning with a tack cloth. These doors receive three applications of varnish. A satin finish was picked by the owner.

The photo below depicts the doors after two applications of varnish.
This last picture was taken after the third application.
As mentioned earlier, the owners of this home thought they hired a person who knew how to refinish doors. Unfortunately they were misled. Their only mistake was they believed they hired a professional. It happens to all of us!

All of the products used on this project were purchased at. http://www.peteandjohnspaintmarket.com/

400 Ramapo Valley Rd, Oakland, NJ 07436



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