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How to Refinish and Restore an Entry Door

By: Danny Lipford

Refurbishing an Entry Door

Entry doors take a lot of abuse from the elements. If yours is looking a bit shabby, perhaps it’s time to dress it up by refinishing and replacing the hardware. By following these simple steps, you can turn an eyesore into the envy of the neighborhood

Steps in refinishing an entry door:

  1. Use a hammer and nail to remove the hinge pins.
  2. Take the door off its hinges. Entry doors can be heavy, so have someone on hand to help you carry it.
  3. Lay the door on padded sawhorses in the garage with the outer side facing up.
  4. Remove the old hardware and sand the finish or paint down using 80 grit sandpaper followed by finer grits.
  5. Stain the door followed by two coats of exterior polyurethane. Or, if you prefer, prime and paint it.
  6. Install a new brass kick plate and doorknocker while the door is still on the sawhorses.
  7. Rehang the door and install a new lockset and deadbolt.

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  • Erica Says:
    October 1st, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    I just finished sanding hardwood front door. I used 80 grit sandpaper and my electric sander, I went a little too far in about three areas, What can be done to correct?



  • David Says:
    June 2nd, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Can I get a little more detail on the refinishing of the front entry door,please? Like types of stain, how much to use, setup and clean up tips. The more the better. Thank you sir.



  • Lois intindola Says:
    July 1st, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    I need help with the floor at the entry door.



  • Lois intindola Says:
    July 1st, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    I enjoy your show and the helpful hints.


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How to Refinish and Restore an Entry Door