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Handling, Finishing, and Installation of Stile and Rail Doors

     For the best service and satisfaction, as well as ensuring that the limited warranty will remain in effect, be sure to follow these instructions.

Door Handling:

1.) All doors should be handled with clean hands and equipment.
2.) Do not drag doors across each other, or other surfaces.
3.) Avoid leaning doors at steep angles.
4.) Avoid stacking doors on end. Store doors on level surface.
5.) Doors should be kept dry and well ventilated. If doors are covered, be sure to allow air circulation       between the doors.
6.) Avoid sudden changes in temperature. Doors should not be subjected to abnormal heat, dry, or       humid conditions.
7.) Doors should not be delivered to the building site until after the plaster, texture and cement are       dry.
8.) When storing for long periods, even on job site, doors must be sealed. This includes top and       bottom edges to prevent excessive moisture absorption or loss. Store the doors flat and stickered       for air circulation between each door.
9.) Prime coating does not seal the door.

Door Installation:

1.) Doors should be allowed to be conditioned to local humidity conditions prior to hanging. We       recommend 1-2 weeks.
2.) In extremely damp weather allow clearance for swelling of door frame. In extremely dry       climates, allowances for shrinkage should be made.
3.) Installation of hardware or any other special attachment must be done in such a manner as to       avoid impairing the utility or structural integrity of the door.
4.) Doors should not be cut down in width. Doors should be ordered in designated widths.
5.) Doors over 7' in height require four hinges or more; under 7' require only three hinges, unless the       door weighs an extraordinary amount or is very wide.
6.) Jambs and stops must be perfectly square and plumb.
7.) After fitting, and before hanging any interior or exterior door on the job site, the entire door must       be sealed including the top and bottom, mortised areas, drilled areas and edges to prevent       excessive moisture absorption, drying or cracking of wood.


      Priming does not seal a door from moisture changes. If a door(s) is installed after priming only, and sustains exposure to rain and/or sun, high humidity or rapid drying conditions, it should be understood that our warranty will be VOID.

Statement on Door Finishing:

     It is imperative that the finish used fits the exposure expected for your particular application. Extreme exposure or inclement conditions beyond the normal require special attention. For instance, if a door is being built here in Oregon for an application in Arizona or Southern California, it is expected that the door will dry out somewhat, and shrinkage and cracking will be the main concern.
     These types of finish considerations are necessary for your fullest satisfaction to be realized. Please feel free to ask us for our recommendations on your finish needs. However, you should remember that the particular application is usually what should dictate the type of finish and the method of application.

Door Finishing:

1.) Doors must be dry.
2.) Use mineral spirits to remove small amounts of grease, oil or pitch on the surface of the door.
3.) Usually a final light sanding is required to remove handling marks or scratches; a 220 grit paper       should be adequate.
4.) Clean doors thoroughly after sanding to remove dust.
5.) Make sure all surfaces are properly sealed.
6.) Use a good grade primer followed by at least two coats of a good grade oil base paint. Use       exterior grade paints for exterior installations.
7.) For stain finishes, apply one coat of a quality oil base stain and/or sealer. Apply at least two,       preferably three coats of clear finish. For exterior installations use exterior finish.
8.) Sand lightly between all coats. Finishes should be applied in accordance with manufacturer's       directions. Use products from the same manufacturer to insure compatibility.
9.) Doors from Summit Woodworking should be considered to be 90% ready to paint or stain. That       means some hand sanding and touch up prior to painting or staining should be expected. It is       simply not reasonable to expect a door which has been handled several times after it leaves our       facility to be 100% ready to paint or stain. Please advise your painters of this.

Handling and Finishing