Care of your new Luxury Garage Doors
If your doors become dusty or dirty, only wash them with water, a mild soap, and a non-abrasive towel. Never wash wood garage doors with chemicals or abrasives. Also, be sure to dry them immediately after washing to avoid spotting, especially if you have hard water. This should take much less time than it does to wash your car.
Our luxury stains are formulated such that re-coating should not be necessary for years to come. When the time comes that your garage doors do need a new coat of stain, only one coat directly over the top of the old stain is all that is necessary.
Another benefit of our stain is this: it is not necessary to strip your garage doors before applying this maintenance coat. A good washing is all that is needed. Be sure to allow them 24 hours to dry before applying this maintenance coat. Also, allow the new coat of stain 24 hours to cure before touching or exposing to rain.
Believe it or not, powder coated hardware will rust when the coating chips. This is common with the most expensive brands of hardware. This is why we don’t recommend the most expensive brands, unless you find in them a design that is not available anywhere else.
On the other hand, we never use cheap hardware that you’ll find on many other garage doors. This hardware is thin and commonly found at Home Depot and Lowes. Our suppliers are reasonably priced and produce high quality, heavy-gauge hardware consistent with the caliber of your garage doors.
We paint our hardware for two reasons: First, it is very easy to touch up over time. Maintenance of this kind is a breeze. Secondly, because it is possible to receive different shades of the same color even from the same brand, painting each piece before it is applied (even over powder coated pieces), achieves consistency for your entire project. You may even mix and match suppliers to realize the look that you want for your project.
Maintenance of your hardware is easy. Clean away any dust that may have settled on your hardware. Use a high quality rust-proofing, glossy black spray to keep your hardware protected and pristine over time. Be sure to place a guard behind/around the hardware piece to keep overspray away from the wooden surface.
Use a mild glass cleaner to clean your glass sections, spraying only on the surface of the glass or the towelette. If you have hinged ornamental ironwork in your glass sections, unlatch the pieces and swing them away from the glass to allow plenty of room for cleaning. Wiping the surface dry with a lint-free cloth will prevent further lint cleanup!
With a little care, your Quality Wood Garage Doors from Avalon Entries will outlast metal and vinyl garage doors by decades. Call or write to us with any questions you may have about the care of your exclusive Avalon products!
Ron Gawthorp 512-680-7117
Our products are stained before they are installed, which insures proper application over all surfaces. We don’t recommend purchasing unfinished products in an effort to save money. However, if you want to purchase your Doors unstained we recommend having a professional who is familiar with Sikkens brand. In this case, please follow the instructions below!
Painting Instructions Avalon Entries Custom Wood Garage DoorsCoating Specifications for Avalon Entries Central Texas – Custom Crafted, All-Wood Garage Doors
Stain Grade Policy:
To comply with the warranty, all five wood edges must be finished using the Sikkens Cetol 1 and Cetol 23 Plus two-step system within 12 days of delivery. Proper application included sanding all boards with 80-100 grid sandpaper (smooth finish only) followed by at least one coat of Sikkens Cetol 1 and two coats of Sikkens Cetol 23 in compliance with Sikkens application Guide (download at http://www.sikkens.com). To locate a dealer near you visit our links page for listings of qualified Sikkens dealers.
This process applies to both smooth and rough sawn finished doors. Any exposed beaded or V-groove openings that could pocket water should be sealed with silicone or appropriate caulking material after the finish is applied. DO NOT USE any product other than the Sikkens 1/23 system, including polyurethane, marine varnish, or other varnishes. They do not reflect ultraviolet light as Sikkens does. Conventional spar varnishes or polyurethane finishes form a closed, inflexible film coating that seals the wood, preventing breathing and trapping moisture that can eventually lead to the wood rotting from the inside out. Although we attempted to use wood of similar tone in each door, boards vary in appearance. This is generally more apparent when they are finished. This variation is one of the features that add to the uniqueness of your door.
Paint or Solid Stain Finish:
Proper application includes sanding all boards with 80-100 grit sandpaper (smooth finish only) followed by coating all five edges with at least one coat of premium exterior primer and two coats of top quality exterior paint or solid stain within 10 days of delivery and prior to outdoor exposure. Any exposed beaded or V-groove openings that could pocket water should be sealed with silicone or appropriate caulking material after the finish is applied. Coating with paint will provide substantially longer useful life between recoats than solid stain.