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Restore A Sun Damaged or Weathered Wood Door: Super Easy DIY

My wooden front door gets a lot of sun damage here in Texas. Luckily, there’s a SUPER EASY, 1-step DIY fix for your weathered wood door!

How to Fix a Dry Wood Front Door

My poor sun damaged, weathered wood door takes a serious beating from the hot Texas sun. I used to think I had to stain my front door every year or two to keep it looking nice.

Then, one summer, the finish on my door was covered in heat haze. The finish on my door was looking really dry and sun damaged.

So I got desperate and tried a wipe on product that was supposed to restore a weathered wooden front door AND protect it from the sun.

Before and After Image of a sun damaged wood door for a post about how to restore the finish on a door.

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Well, I admit I thought it wasn’t going to do much. I was just hoping to make it look good enough until the weather cooled down and I could restain my door again without removing it.

BUT, this wipe on product, Howard’s SunShield, really was amazing, guys!

As I rubbed it into my weathered wood door, the white heat haze disappeared and the finish started looking rich and shiny again. You can see how quickly it happens in the video below.

Now, I use this stuff every 4 to 6 months depending on the time of year, to protect my door from sun damage and keep the stain on my front door looking beautiful.

Image of a weathered wood door with heat haze before using Howard's SunShield to repair the sun damage..

How Do You Fix A Dried Out Wood Door?

It’s actually pretty easy to fix a dried out wood door. Most minor cracks and drying in the finish on your wooden door will look so much better after applying Howard’s Sunshield.

It’s a wipe on wax that will restore the shine and color on a sun damaged wood door. AND, best of all, that wax will protect the door from most sun damage.

That wax will extend the life of the finish on your front door for years longer than it would last without it. Just be sure to apply Howard’s Sunshield every few months to keep the finish looking nice, and shiny.

You can have this job done in 10 minutes with this wipe on door polish.

My poor front door takes a serious beating from the hot Texas sun. This 1-step fix moisturizes my Dry Wood Front Door, gets rid of heat haze, brings back the shine, and protects the door from sun-damage.
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Before And After Fix For A Sun Damaged Wooden Door – Video

Watch this video to see my hazy, sun-damaged dry wood front door go from bad to so, so good in this video.

Restore a Wood Front Door - Quick DIY Fix for Sun Damaged, Dry Wood Front Door

How Do You Restore a Weathered Wood Door?

Sometimes the damage will be so bad that you will have to restain a front door. You can even stain a door without taking it down. Both posts are full of tips for which stains to use, when to do it, and how.

But, if the discoloration isn’t too bad and the finish isn’t peeling, you should probably try Howard’s SunShield Outdoor Wax first.

Start by wiping down your front door with a clean dry cloth or soft brush to remove any dirt. Then use a clean rag to apply the Sunshield Wax to your sun damaged, weathered wood front door.

Before wiping on the Howard’s Sunshield, the finish on my front door looked dull, dry, and had white hazy heat spots.

I just keep applying more and rubbing it in until my door looks shiny again and all the dry looking sun damage on the wood door is gone.

Pour a little of the product onto a clean rag.

I seriously love this product. It works so well on all of my weathered wood outside. You can use it on wood patio furniture too. And it protects the stain from more sun damage.

After using it for a few years, I’m thinking I probably only need to restain my door every 5 to 7 years now. Which is amazing for a door that gets full Texas sun most of the day!

After applying Howard’s SunShield to my door the color is beautiful again, the door is shiny and moisturized, and the heat haze is gone.

More About Howard’s SunShield Outdoor UV Wax

One more quick tip about Howard’s SunShield Outdoor UV Wax. This product is made for use on your outdoor wood furniture too! So, it can do more than fixing that sun damaged, weathered wood door.

It can also revive and restore teak outdoor furniture or other wood furniture that is getting dried out and damaged by the sun.

Just follow the same steps you used on the door to clean off the dirt on your wood furniture. Then rub in the Howard’s SunShield with a clean rag.

Halfway through applying the Howard’s SunShield to my Sun Damaged, Dry Wood Front Door.

How to Prevent Sun Damage on a Wood Door

If you want to prevent sun damage on a wood door, there are many waxes and outdoor grade sealers that can help.

Exterior polyurethane sealers are designed to take abuse from the sun, wind, and rain. They are pretty essential to keeping any stain finish looking nice longer.

But, an exterior sealer, like Helmsman’s Spar Urethane, or another exterior urethane can be a chore to apply.

You either have to wait for the perfect weather to apply while the door is still hanging. Then keep checking for drips while it dries, all while leaving the door open all day.

Or, remove the door so you can lay it flat when applying. Either way the door would be open all day. It’s not something you’d want to do often.

So, the best way to extend the life of the sealer on your door is to give it a little extra help. The kind of help that can protect the door from the sun damage that can dry the door. Or, cause the heat haze I always get.

This is where I recommend Howard’s SunShield wax. Just apply it every few months to any of your wood doors and outdoor furniture.

That wipe on wax will protect and extend the life of the stain finish on your wood exterior doors. It’s really so easy!

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More DIY Projects For You

Did you know that paint holds up to sun damage longer than stain. If you’d rather paint your door, check out the easy steps in How to Repaint a Door without Removing It.

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Quick Fix for a Dry Wood Front Door

My poor front door takes a serious beating from the hot Texas sun. This 1-step fix moisturizes my Dry Wood Front Door, gets rid of heat haze, brings back the shine, and protects the door from sun-damage.

This 1-step fix for a Dry Wood Front Door protects my door from sun damage, gets rid of heat haze, and makes the dry finish look beautiful!

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How Do You Fix A Dried Out Wood Door?

  1. It’s actually pretty easy to fix a dried out wood door. You can have this job done in 10 minutes with this wipe on door polish. Watch this video to see my hazy, sun-damaged dry wood front door go from bad to so, so good in this video.

How Do You Restore a Weathered Wood Door?

  1. Sometimes the damage will be so bad that you will have to restain the front door. But, if the discoloration isn’t too bad and the finish isn’t peeling, you should probably try Howard’s SunShield Outdoor Wax first.
  2. Start by wiping down your front door with a clean dry cloth or soft brush to remove any dirt. Then use a clean rag to apply the Sunshield Wax to your dry wood front door. I just keep applying more and rubbing it in until my door looks shiny again and all the dry-looking sun damage is gone.
  3. I seriously love this product. It works so well on my dry wood front door and protects the stain from more sun damage. After using it for a few years, I’m thinking I probably only need to restain my door every 5 to 7 years now. Which is a-mazing for a door that gets full Texas sun most of the day!

Howard’s SunShield Outdoor UV Wax

  1. One more quick tip about Howard’s SunShield Outdoor UV Wax. This product is made for use on your outdoor wood furniture too! So, it can do more than fixing that sun damaged, dry wood front door.
  2. It can also revive and restore teak outdoor furniture or other wood furniture that is getting dried out and damaged by the sun. Just follow the same steps you used on the door to clean off the dirt on your wood furniture. Then rub in the Howard’s SunShield with a clean rag.

Notes

My poor front door takes a serious beating from the hot Texas sun. I used to think I had to restain my front door every year or two to keep it looking nice. Then, one summer, the finish on my door was covered in heat haze and looking really dry, so I got desperate and tried a wipe on product that was supposed to fix a dry wood front door and protect it from the sun.

Well, I admit I thought it wasn’t going to do much. I was just hoping to make it look good enough until the weather cooled down and I could restain my door again without removing it. BUT, this stuff really was a-mazing, guys! As I rubbed it into my dry wood front door, the white heat haze disappeared and the finish started looking rich and shiny again.


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