Wholesale Hardwood Interiors, Inc.




Care & Finishing


Because wood products can be easily changed in weather conditions, WHI will not be held responsible for any defects that occur between the time that it leaves our warehouse and arrives at the delivery site due to changes in the atmosphere and weather. It is recommended that extreme care be taken when handling unfinished doors by following these guidelines to minimize damage to unfinished doors:


 - Condition job site environment prior to delivery.

 - Deliver door(s) to building site after plaster or cement is dry. If doors are stored at job site for more than one week, all edges should be sealed.

 - Avoid extreme variances in environmental conditions.

 - Avoid direct sunlight.

 - Protect doors from dirt, water and other jobsite hazards.

 - Store flat on a level surface in a dry environment.

 - Store in a well ventilated building.

 - Cover the door to keep clean, but allow air circulation.

 - Handle with clean gloves.

 - Do not drag doors across one another or across other surfaces.


Field Finishing


1) Before finishing, make sure the interior building is at a normal humidity level. Make sure the doors have stabilized to a level moisture content.


2) Prior to finishing, use a 150-grit abrasive over the entire surface of the door. This process is used to remove all scuffs, marks, scratches, raised grain and moisture exposure effects that may occur during the handling, transporting and storage of the door.


3) If the door will be exposed to the direct sunlight, avoid dark stains and paints to reduce warpage.


4) For poplar doors, a medium-to-dark stain is recommended. Consult a professional regarding finishing techniques for various species.


5) All exposed wood surfaces must be sealed, including the top and bottom edges.


6) The utility or structural strength of the door must not be impaired in the fitting of the door or through the application of hardware.


7) For all standard height interior doors, use three (3) hinges. All doors 7'6" or higher require four (4) hinges. Allow a fitting clearance of 1/16" on the hinge side and 1/8" on the lock side.


8) Before finishing, remove handling marks or effects of exposure to moisture with a thorough, final sanding over all surfaces of the door using 3/0 and 5/0 sandpaper and clean before applying sealer or finish. Some species of wood contain a chemical (oak particularly) which reacts unfavorably with certain finishes. When possible, the surface should be tested for such unfavorable reactions. Application of a sealer before finishing will usually prevent this difficulty. The full beauty of wood is best emphasized by the use of a satin or semi-gloss finish.


9) Immediately after fitting, or cutting for closures, weatherstrip and/or threshold, and before hanging any interior or exterior door on the job, the entire door, including top and bottom edges, must receive an application of a primer and two coats of a good grade paint, varnish or lacquer. Adequate drying time must be allowed between coats. For job-site finishing, do not use a water-thinned paint unless an oil base prime coat is first applied. Exterior finishes shall be used on the exterior face and all edges of exterior doors.