Preserve and Protect the Wood Inside and Outside Your Home
All types of wood surfaces need some degree of restoration, repairs and protection. Whether it is the interiors or exteriors of your home, if there is a structure or surface made from wood, there will come a time when it needs a facelift.
- Has the dull, drying, discolored wood on your deck or fence become an eyesore?
- Is the wood siding of your home looking weathered, or showing signs of rot?
- Have the loose, warped, or cracked wooden stairs in your home become a safety hazard?
- Do the interior or exterior doors or wood trims of your home need a new lease of life?
If you put off repairs or restoration work for too long, chances are that you may not be able to salvage the wood, or preserve it in the long run. At Mastercraft Painting and Finishes, we cater to a wide range of wood projects, inside and outside your home. Our professional crew is highly experienced in restoring, staining and painting a number of wood surfaces, including beams, siding, doors, trims, cabinetry, mantels, staircases, decks and more.
Tips for Repairing and Refinishing Your Doors and Trims
While restoring wooden stairs, beams, siding, or decks may need specialized equipment and skills, refinishing doors or trims are easy Do It Yourself (DIY) projects, especially for those who are handy around the house.
The experts at Mastercraft offer a quick rundown on how to make your doors and wood trims look as good as new.
- Wash the wood surface with any TSP-based solution to remove all the dirt and grime that has accumulated over time. (Trisodium phosphate is the active ingredient in most dishwasher detergents.)
- Use very fine steel wool to scrub the surface with Methyl Hydrate, also known as denuded alcohol. Alternatively, you can use a 120-grit sandpaper, followed by a 240-grit sandpaper to clear away any traces of the old finish. Sanding down the surfaces leaves them slightly rough, which eventually helps in making the new finishes stick better.
- Once you completely strip off the old coating from the doors or baseboards, you will notice the color or the original patina of the wood. Inspect the surface for any cracks, loose nails, or other problems that need extra attention.
- If you have identified any areas that need repairs, fill the dents and cracks with wood putty, and sand it down to create a uniform appearance. If the caulking along the baseboard trims has come off, make sure that you re-caulk those portions, and allow time to dry.
- Apply a light coating of stain to hide any dings and scratches and even out the finish. Wipe the wood work to remove excess stain and let it dry overnight. If you find that matching the original stain is tough, pry off a small piece of the trim, and ask your paint store or home center to mix and custom create the exact stain. Many stores also offer inexpensive sample packets that you can try for the closest match.
- As a final step, use a sprayer to apply multiple coats of clear water-borne varnish on top of the surface you are refinishing. You can also use wipe-on polyurethane to protect your interior wood surfaces. Since the coats are very thin and dry, you can recoat every 2 to 3 hours.
- Depending on the theme or décor of your home and your overall budget, you could also choose to paint your doors and trims instead of staining them. While painting is the cheaper option, applying paint over already stained wood is not easy. You will require additional prep to ensure that the finish is smooth and long lasting.
Worried about drips or patchy finishes that could happen during a DIY wood restoration project? Then why not rely on the professionals at Mastercraft Painting and Finishes? Our fully-licensed, safety-trained crew will restore and refinish your exterior and interior doors and trims in no time. Enjoy high quality results and efficient service, with minimal disruption to your routine.
Restore and refinish your interior and exterior doors and trims to enhance the beauty and value of your home. For affordable, dependable, services, call Mastercraft Painting and Finishes at 267-496-5307. You can also contact us online for a free estimate.