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How to Weatherproof Your Solid Timber Door

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The door that you choose to display at the entrance of your home adds to the overall curb appeal of your property and offers a first impression. This means that you should choose the type of door that you install very carefully. Solid timber is a great option for your home's entrance because it has a sophisticated and classic look that is timeless.

Even though a solid timber door is visually appealing, it will require more care and maintenance due to the exposure to outdoor elements. Since it is installed at the entrance, one side of the timber door will be exposed to rain, wind, sun, which means that wearing is unavoidable with time. To keep your solid timber door looking like new, you need to make sure that you are aware of to make it more weatherproof.


To make sure that your door is able to withstand the outdoor elements, you will need to apply a fresh coat of sealant to the door. This is especially true for the side of the door that is always exposed to the outdoor elements. Before you begin application, you first need to make sure that the door is sanded. You do not have to apply the sandpaper to the door harshly, but instead just lightly sand the door. Make sure that you move the sandpaper over the door in the gentlest way possible, as you just want the surface of the solid timber to become slightly rough.


Once you have sanded down the door, you can then wipe it down with a wet cloth. This will help to remove any dirt on the surface of the solid timber door. However, after you wipe down the door with a wet cloth, you need to make sure that it is fully dry before you continue on to the next step.

Paint Thinner

Once the door has dried, you should apply a small amount of paint thinner to a rag. You will then take the paint thinner on the rag and rub it onto the timber door. This is designed to remove any of the sealant that is still present on the door. Before you apply a fresh coat of sealant, you need to be sure that the old coat is removed so that the new coat can be applied seamlessly.


You can now apply the new sealant to the timber door. Make sure that you choose a polyurethane sealant and always apply in a motion that is side to side for clean strokes. Make sure that a single coat is applied to the entire surface of the door and that all crevices are covered.

For more information about solid timber doors, contact Johnston Joinery or a similar company.