I recently purchased an unfinished Pella "Carbonite" (fiberglass)
entry door. Today I decided to apply the first coat of gel stain. I
bought a Minwax gel stain that was not part of a door staining kit.
The directions on the can said to apply the gel stain with a brush, so
I did. I put on one coat of gel stain to one side of the door and I
decided to let it dry.
While allowing the first coast to dry tonight, I decided to do a
little research into these doors to see if there were any pointers to
get the best possible results. Now I've come across web sites and old
newsgroup postings telling me that the gel stain needs to be worked
into the fiberglass using a rag as if applying shoe polish, then
So, this leads me to the following questions:
1. Which is the right way? Just brush it on like the can's directions
say, or work it in like shoe polish?
2. If I've done this the wrong way, should I remove my
incorrectly-applied coat of stain and start fresh or can I just apply
another coat of stain the right way and conceal my mistakes?
3. Is there any way I can get some test pieces of fiberglass to
experiment with technique before I continue with this project?
I put only one coat of gel stain on only one full side of the door.
The other side has not been touched, and I will leave it unfinished
until I get this straightened out.
The coat of gel stain that was applied, incorrectly or not, looks kind
of uneven so I'm not sure whether this is normal or the result of my
putting it on there the wrong way.
Any help would be greatly appreciated,