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Decorating Your Door: Applying pigmented woodstain to an exterior door

Applying Sadolin Classic Wood Protection & Sadolin Extra Durable Woodstain to exterior doors, frames and other products.

At Distinctive Doors we have many years experience in how to treat and preserve the appearance of exterior woodwork. Sadolin Extra Durable Woodstain provides the right protection and we believe it is one of the best wood treatments available.

To give a beautiful richly coloured finish, which will provide the right protection for your exterior woodwork, Sadolin Classic Wood Protection and Sadolin Extra Durable Woodstain is highly recommended.

As one of the leading retailers in the UK we are able to supply this product at a very competive price.

Manufacturers instructions


  • New or bare wood: Timber exposed to the weather for 4 weeks or more should be sanded back to a clean bright surface. Wipe down bare timber with a cloth dampened with methylated spirits. Do not use white spirit. If using a non-durable timber treat with a clear preservative e.g. Sadolin Wood Preserver before using a woodstain.
  • Previously painted or varnished surfaces: Strip bare and treat as new wood.
  • Previously woodstained surfaces: Any loose, flaking coating should be removed by use of a scraper and abrasive paper. Any grey denatured timber should be mechanically sanded back to a clean bright surface. Any mould and algal growth must be eradicated using a suitable fungicide/algicide. Wash surfaces with a mild detergent and rinse with clean water. Allow to fully dry. Wipe all surfaces with a cloth dampened with methylated spirits. We recommend a trial application before you start. The final colour will depend on the original colour and condition of the wood and the number of coats applied.

Distinctive Doors Note: In order to comply with our guarantee terms you MUST apply minimum of 4 coats to completely seal and protect the door.

Sadolin Technical Helpline: 0844 7708 998

Other points worth noting

  • The first coat will almost disappear through absorption of the timber. More coats will give a richer finish.
  • All cut-out including behing hinges and locks should be treated fully to ensure proper protection.
  • Lightly rubbing down the treated item between coats will give a better finish. We recommend the use of a plastic kitchen scourer to do this as sandpaper can be too abrasive and wire wool can break up affecting the overall finish.