Maintaining the beauty of your solid
wood door depends mainly on your final sealing method
and the exposure of the door to sunlight, weather, and
water from such things as sprinklers.
Any door - no matter how it is sealed
- will have to be resealed every three to six years.
If the door has a lot of exposure, this could be accelerated
to as often as once a year.
Keep in mind that most brands of
sealers come out with new and improved products almost
every year. It seems that each new generation has better
UV inhibitors and each of these products truely are
better than the previous generation. The fact is just
that the elements will take their toll on the sealer.
Some sealers will "yellow" with age causing
the overall finish to tint differently than expected.
Other sealers will "cloud" from water (especially
from sprinklers) exposure.
Eventually you will have to refinish
the doors just as a paint grade door will require future
stripping and painting. This does not always mean that
you will need to sand down to the color finish, just
through the yellow or clouded layers.
Your solid wood door should retain
its original beauty underneath the sealer unless the
sealer had developed cracks allowing water to reach
the raw wood surface.
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