Our front door was looking sad. It was painted a beautiful, glossy black ten years ago when the house was built. We moved in eight years ago and it’s been fading since. Our front door faces east and gets the beating sun for the first 5-6 hours of the day. So I figured why not trying using gel stain on our front door? We used gel stain on our garage door and it’s held up beautifully so why not try?
Here’s what I was dealing with…
faded black paint! Nothing pretty about that. The sun had just baked the black paint and it was a very sad-in no way pretty-gray!
Can’t you hear it saying… please… help… stain me! You can see the base of the left corner of the door where I did a test patch. I’d highly recommend you do that if you want to try staining. I knew either the stain would work and I’d love it and do the whole door OR it was going to be painted which meant it needed a sanding so that patch of stain would be going bye-bye.
Make sure you clean your surface well before starting… I’d recommend a vinegar /water washing.
You can see a little bit of the black peaking through… which I love!
We used a cheap foam brush to put the gel stain on. Gel stain is different than regular stain. It’s much thicker. I don’t wipe it off either. It’s a whole different ball game than traditional stain.
(affiliate link included for your convenience) Here’s what we used:
Gel Stain also dries very quickly. So we worked section by section, just like we did when we tackled gel staining our garage door.
But the results are gorgeous! In a couple hours your door is transformed.
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