When it came to us the finish was in shabby shape and the wood had shrunk so the panels were coming loose. We began our process by stripping the door. It came out very clean but also exposed some other problems, which I will go over in a bit. Once stripped, we took the door apart, which wasn't to difficult a task, as the wood panels were already separating. There were quite a few things that needed to be repaired with this door, dry rot
The next task was to give it a new finish. The door has a 'Cedar' colored water based stain. We had to do some magic here because the panels weren't all the same color. So we concocted a 'special sauce' to blend them all. We also did something called 'highlighting' or 'glazing'. This creates a permanent shadow in the carvings so that the features are enhanced. This service is always available and we encourage it on carved pieces. It is extra though, so not every client goes for it. But when they do opt for 'highlighting' the piece always looks amazing. We finished it off with a 'satin' sheen exterior quality finish. The door could once again stand proudly in any 'villa' doorway and our client was very happy.