I am in the process of re staining my front entrance door and side panels. They are actually made of a composite material and have a wood grain so as to appear like wood, but they are cored with other material to make them stronger and less prone to "wood issues". I have been staining with a process of semi transparent stain and highlighting areas with solid color stain of the same color.
I have about 5 coats on now and I am ready to clear coat. Here is what the doors look like after the work thus far......(all hand sanding, tack rags, steel wool between layers, etc.) I am pleased with the look and clarity. They appear just like wood with the light quarter sawn effect from using the solid stain to highlight some areas. After all, I don't want it to look like paint when I am done.
I am using all Behr Premium Products, which I have had good results with previously in their exterior stain, etc. Everything I am using this time is a Latex based stain and clear coat, so its water soluble for clean up.
The clear coat really surprised me when I just opened it. After stirring, this is how it looks......
The can did not appear to have been opened before. I just bought these in the last week, along with the stain. The clear coat has a very heavy tint to it, almost like the semi transparent stain. Even when I stir it with the pain stir stick, it stays on the paint stick just like the stain did.
The last time I clear coated this door, it was with an oil based clear coat and I certainly don't re call it being "tinted", in the way this clear coat is. Have any of you used the Behr Latex clear coat sealant and found it to be tinted to the stain color you were working with?
This is way too much labor and time invested in this door to screw it up now. I applied it to the stir stick and it definitely left a tint on the stir stick, it wasn't just clear.
On Behr's website, it says ""The beauty of the wood grain shows through with a hint of color."" So, perhaps Behr is tinting the clear so it doesn't appear like a plastic layer of clear when applied.
Not sure if I should proceed with this clear coat or not. I sure don't need to be sanding and re doing this door and side panels again. Once every 5 years or so is plenty often enough for me...........
Thoughts? It sounds like their premium latex based clear coat for exterior stain does have a color tint in it to match the stain being clear coated. i didn't realize they tinted clear coats. The last time I did this with the oil base, it was as clear as water when applied. It was also clear when it dried.
I distinctly remembered watching the woman tint the stain, both the semi transparent and the solid color, but I didn't see her tint the clear coat. I don't remember her even shaking the clear coat, to be honest.......