15.01.2023 · Words by Myles

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Can You Stain Composite Doors?

Can you stain composite doors?

Can You Stain Composite Doors?

A composite front door is an excellent option for those looking for a durable, low-maintenance door, but can you stain your composite door? The answer is yes, but you will have to make sure it has a woodgrain finish to hold the stain.

This blog post will walk you through staining this type of door.

What Is A Composite Door?

A composite front door is made of several materials bonded together to create a strong and hardy product. They can look like wooden front doors, depending on the style, and they add kerb appeal while also offering outstanding overall performance in terms of convenience and security. Have a look at our selection of doors from UK Composite doors to see all the options we have available.

Composite doors offer many benefits over traditional wooden doors.

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Can You Stain Your Composite Door?

Staining your composite front door is possible, but it is essential to take care when doing so. Composite doors are made of a mixture of wood, plastic, and metal materials, and they can be sensitive to certain types of stains.

Before you stain your composite front door, it is important to consult with the manufacturer or a professional painter to determine the best type of stain to use. Some brands of composite doors may be more resistant to staining than others. Once you have determined the best kind of stain to use, follow the instructions carefully and apply the stain evenly.

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How To Stain A Composite Front Door

What do you need?

  • A dry cloth
  • Bucket of water
  • Mild detergent
  • A dry staining pad
  • Tape
  • Stain (choose a colour that you like)
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Brush
  • Primer
  • Mineral spirits
  • Wood stain
  • Protective finish

Steps for staining your composite door:

  1. Wipe down the surface and frame with a cloth that has been dipped in mineral spirits to remove any dust or debris.
  2. Put tape around the hinges and doorknob, and remove any hardware you don't want stained.
  3. Next, mix a mild detergent with water in a pail, and soak your staining pad.
  4. Once the pad is saturated, wring it out so that it is damp but not dripping wet.
  5. Apply a coat of primer to the door.
  6. Brush over the door and frame in a circular motion to apply the stain evenly. Follow the grain and apply enough stain to cover the surface.
  7. Let the stain dry for about 15 minutes before wiping it off. Re-apply if needed.
  8. Allow the door and frame to dry completely, and wipe off excess stain with a brush.
  9. Add finishing touches by using cotton swabs.
  10. Apply a protective finish coat to prevent moisture damage.

If you're looking for more tips and finishing touches for homeowners, check out this page.

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Can I change the colour of my composite door?

Yes, you can stain composite doors or paint them. However, it is important to keep in mind that the door will need to be refinished every few years to maintain its appearance, and if you want to paint your door, it should be done cautiously and with the guidance of a professional.

What paint should I use to paint a composite door?

You can either use a paint specifically made for composite doors, or you can use general-purpose exterior paint. Just make sure that it is compatible with the door's material and check with your supplier if it's a good idea to paint it.

How do you recolour composite doors?

In most cases, you'll be able to simply give your door a light sanding down and then apply a primer before painting it in your chosen colour. However, it's important to check the manufacturer's instructions first, as some brands of composite doors cannot be painted. Once you've confirmed that your door can be painted, the next step is to choose the right type of paint.


Yes, you can stain the surface of certain types of composite doors, using mineral spirits to remove the dirt. Your toolkit must include a brush, tape, a suitable stain and the right kind of primer. Many composite doors can't be stained, however, so it's best to check first.

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