FINISHING RECOMMENDATIONS – WOOD
Mr. Door Man Inc. does not warrant performances of any finishes or finish materials applied by others. The following suggestions are offered as a guide to your selection and use of finish materials. However, we highly recommend you consult with us first . We know what over-the-counter materials should give optimum performance within your environment. Plan ahead. If it is your first experience with a particular finish or stain, you may wish to test it on a piece of lumber prior to receipt of the door. Be ready, however, to finish your door IMMEDIATELY after hanging. Unfinished wood products should never be exposed to wet or damp conditions. The door must be sealed and finished within 24 hours of installation with a suitable sealer and a minimum of two coats of finish on all six sides to maintain the warranty status. Apply a thin line of exterior silicone caulk where the door sweep meets the door face to keep water from running down the face of the door into the sweep. Your door could literally sit in a puddle of water, if the sweep is not sealed.
1.Prior to staining, the product should be clean and free of dust. Use a fine grit (220) sandpaper or #1 steel wool to remove ANY finger smudges, marks, etc. All weatherstripping and hardware should be removed prior to finishing so finish may completely cover product.
2.Products may be finished without the use of any stain or in a wide range of color tones. For best results using a stain, follow manufacturer’s instructions for application. The length of time the stain is allowed to penetrate before wiping and the amount of rubbing with a clean, dry cloth will determine the depth of color tone.
3.After the stain has been allowed to dry, apply at least two (2) coats of a clear exterior moisture sealer. Alkyd sealers are excellent. Remember that the sealer is not the finish. Its purpose is to seal the wood pores as a highly penetrating, low viscosity material. Lightly use steel wool or sandpaper after each coat of clear sealer. Pay particular attention to the bottom edge which may become exposed to water that may collect on the threshold or under the sweep.
4.Apply at least two (2) coats of a high quality exterior grade, fade-resistant, ultraviolet inhibiting polyurethane. Sand lightly between coats. Be sure to seal all six (6) sides of the door, as well as all hardware preps (hinges, locks, flush bolts and astragals). It is recommended to apply as many coats of finish to the top and bottom of the door as are applied to the other surfaces. This will lengthen the life of your door. Spray varnishes are suitable, though they are softer and darken slowly on exposure to sunlight. Do not use lacquers.
6.Depending upon the degree of direct sun exposure or the climatic conditions of the area, it may be necessary to apply additional coats of finish from time to time.
Unfinished Doors (no factory primer)
1. Prior to painting, the product should be cleaned and free of dust. Use a fine grit (220) sandpaper to remove any
finger smudges, marks, etc.
2. Apply two (2) coats of an exterior grade primer to all surfaces, (all six sides) and all hardware preps (hinges, locks, flush bolts and astragals). Scuff sand between each coat to a complete dullness with fine grit (220) sandpaper or #1 steel wool. Wipe clean with a cloth dampened with a quality surface conditioner (lacquer thinner) followinglabel instructions.
3. Finish all surfaces with two (2) coats of a high quality exterior grade paint. Be sure to seal all six (6) sides of the door,
as well as all hardware preps (hinges, locks, flush bolts and astragals). Two (2) coats of paint must be used to maintain warranty. Follow label instructions.
4. Do not use dark colors in conditions where the door is exposed to direct sunlight.
Mr Door Man Inc. strongly recommends that when finishing or refinishing your IWP door, you use a paint professional.
IWP® Factory Primed Doors
Primer alone is not a suitable barrier against exterior exposure.
1. Scuff sand all primed surfaces to complete dullness with a fine grit (220) sandpaper of #1 steel wool. Wipe clean with a cloth dampened with a quality surface conditioner (lacquer thinner) following label instructions.
Periodic maintenance may be required by the end-user and is not part of the warranty. Such maintenance may be required at any time and may include but is not limited to, maintaining the exterior finish or paint of wood products, trimming swollen wood products, and periodic oiling or polishing of hardware. The required maintenance may vary depending upon environmental conditions in your area and overhang protection provided. Consistent use of IWP’s Finish Maintenance Kit, formulated exclusively for Mr Door Man Inc
IWP by Meguiars, will maintain the beauty and add life to the finish of your door.
The finish maintenance kit includes:
• Mist and Wipe – for dusting and light cleaning
• Low sheen cleaner – removes surface imperfections and contaminants
• Clearcoat Protectant and Conditioner – protects and conditions finish Please see manufacturer’s recommendations for use when applying products.
If the finish is not maintained, the finish will begin to fail.
Evidence of finish failure:
• dark streaks forming at the bottom of the door or panel
• extreme discoloration or fading of the wood
• flaking of the top coat
If this has occurred the entire door needs to be refinished (see refinish instructions on page 5).
METAL PARTS (HARDWARE) MAINTENANCE
The metal parts used in the production of your doors were selected for both their aesthetic appeal and resistance to corrosion. Note, however, that the metal parts are corrosion resistant not corrosion proof. The finish on metal parts can be affected if exposed to industrial chemicals, smog, coastal environments or standing water. Metal parts should be cleaned using the mildest cleaning method possible, such as a soft cloth with mild soap and water. Avoid cleaning with vinegar, citrus-based cleaners, paint removers, window cleaners, brick and siding cleaners or other industrial or abrasive cleaners. These substances can damage the protective hardware finishes. All exposed hardware screws should be kept tightened. Lubricate metal parts at intervals relative to the amount ofexposure to which they are subjected. In highly corrosive environments, it is recommended that you consult us about the protective coatings that are available.
Normal wear, discoloration of hardware and corrosion related damage is not covered under JELD-WEN’s warranty. Check with our service center for questions regarding warranty coverage. We‘ll be happy to explain the details