Sterling Doors
Sterling Doors

Painting Guide: Woodgrain

Materials Needed

  • Lint-free cloth
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Rubber gloves
  • Masking tape
  • 10cm bristle brush

Step 1: Surface Preperation

  1. Lay door horizontally on saw horses or a table.
  2. Remove all the hardware and mask off anything you don’t want painted, such as glass insert.
  3. Wipe the door with mineral spirits to clean any dust or residue from the surface. Allow all mineral spirits to dry from the surface before applying paint.
  4. Prime the door by applying the primer with 10cm brush in the direction of the wood grain. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for drying time before applying topcoat.
  5. The primer must be completely dry before applying any finish topcoat.

Step 2: Painting

  1. Apply exterior grade paint with 10cm brush beginning with the panels.
  2. It is common practice to paint both stiles the same color as the exterior side of the door. If applying a second coat, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for drying time between coats.


  1. When using stains, mineral spirits, paints, or other hazardous material, always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Distinction Doors and Nan Ya Plastics Corp. makes no representations as to the proper use of other manufacturer’s products.
  2. When working with paints or solvents, make sure the working area is well ventilated.
  3. Keep away from heat and flame as materials may be combustible.
  4. Paints or solvents may cause skin and eye irritation. Avoid contact with skin and eyes.
  5. Keep out of reach of Children.

Normal Maintenance

Even a well-finished fiberglass door will be affected by exposure and weathering from sun, moisture and air pollutants. It is considered normal maintenance to re-apply the topcoat approximately every two years.