- Jul 20, 2003
So we're getting a new front door and our handman says to stain it before it goes up, while the painter is saying he wants to stain it after it is installed. What do you guys think?
My inclination would be staining before installation, but I don't know much. The painter should know how to handle it best, but you can't always go by that. There's dumb asses everywhere.
Install the door, remove it for staining and any polyurethane-type of coating, reinstall door. That way, the finish doesn't get buggered up during the install process.
Painter wants it hung because it is easier for him in that he can do both sides at once, rather than stain one side, let it dry, then flipping it over to do the other side.
It is preferable to Stain/Seal/ Urethane it laying flat on sawhorses, let it dry, repeat on other side. Less likelihood of runs & drips.