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Hi everyone,

Today I was thinking that since I am on a wood graining kick that I might as well work on my other “How To Video” and ended up on my entry door video segments that I recently finished. I have two lines of “How To’s” videos in progress and since I just recently refinished a set of mahogany entry doors I thought I may as well put a preview out there to let people know that I am very knowledgable in things other than decorative art, after all, I have had a brush in my hand since time began for me anyway.

I got this call from a builder friend of mine David Giles of Purple Sage Construction  who had a client that needed something done with their entry doors. It turned out that the person who took on this job prior to me did not have the right qualifications to take on such a feat and did the best they could with them without having to strip them. In other words they were a mess by the time I got to them. They were at first wanting to have them woodgrained in order to “cover-up” what was there and I simply told them for less cost they could bring them back to the original beauty of the natural mohagany. To me it just doesnt make sense to do a mohagany wood grain over a mohagany door unless there is some kind of good reason. So I stripped the doors back to the original surface and cleaned them up and this is where this blog begins…..

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    • These doors were definitely a challenge and had to be stripped a couple of times, but they did turn out better than what was expected. The owner wanted to wood grain the doors because they were a mess from someone’s ill attempt at trying to grain over a botched stain job. Sometimes you can if it isn’t real bad, but in this case it was horrible. It just didn’t make sense to me to grain over a mahogany door and it would be less expensive just to strip it and re-stain. It wasn’t until I stripped them that I discovered the real problem, which was the doors we’re over sanded in the first place and caused the stain to penetrate the wood unevenly causing it to appear “blotchy”. Mahogany should only have to be lightly sanded by hand before staining and if it isn’t sanded evenly you can end up with an uneven finish, and that’s what they did here by over sanding in different spots.

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