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Archive for September 2015

Hiding this Beautiful Wood Grain… Why?

Front Door System - Before Refinishing

Front Door System – Before Refinishing

One of our specialties as painting and decorating contractors, in the Chicago area, is the refinishing of wood front door systems and wood garage doors. In the past four weeks, we have refinished about a dozen of those doors. One of them has a particularly interesting story.

A client in Elmhurst was very unhappy with her front door entrance, which consisted of a mahogany door, two side lites and a canopy. For reasons that were not too clear, the person who last refinished the door applied a heavy coat of opaque stain. It virtually looked like a solid-color stain and no wood grain could be seen, as shown in the “Before” picture we attached.

After twelve hours of stripping the old finish off, the beautiful mahogany wood grain was again revealed. The owners were elated! The finishing consisted of two coats of tinted satin varnish and an additional coat of clear. The result speaks for itself. Take a look at the “After” shot. Which one do you prefer?

Front Door System - After Refinishing

Front Door System – After Refinishing

Wood exterior doors are an expensive investment for the homeowner, one that is subjected to all the abuses weather has to offer. To keep up their good looks and protect their investment, homeowners have to invest in the periodic maintenance of those doors. We have the expertise to do the required maintenance or complete refinishing of the doors. Bringing beautiful wood grain back to life and preserving the doors from the elements give us much satisfaction as house painters.