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Raw Unfinished Wood vs Unfinished Wood for Doors

Friday April 30th, 2021
We have so many customers ask to get their door in raw, unfinished wood so they can finish the door themselves! Customers were looking for more than just an unfinished, paint/stain ready door.

Our unfinished wood option allows customers to get a door that is paint or stain ready so they can customize it further to match their home. Raw unfinished wood is cheaper and more hands on as it requires customers to sand and prep the door before painting or staining it. These doors will come with all the unique features and characteristics that come with wood, like knots and grooves.

"The raw unfinished option features many natural characteristics of wood which might include some minor checking, voids, cracks, tooling marks, machined edges, and corners, as well as hard knots and loose knots. These are all beautiful characteristics of the natural, raw wood and provide an organic rustic feel. These characteristics may produce areas of uneven, course and rough surfaces, voids, and racks." - Kate Allen

If you order a finish ready wood door, you're ordering a door with things like knots, voids, and cracks filled with a wood filling compound. This finish ready style is ready for paint or stain and will leave you with a smoother finished door. It has been treated for you with a fine-grit orbital sanding process performed by hand by one of our Artisan craftsmen. Each joint and edge is treated and hand sanded to eliminate machined edges and prep the door for a final finish, like a coat of paint, stain, or top coat.

If you order a raw unfinished door, you have the option to choose to leave things like knots, voids and cracks unfinished to let as much or as little rustic beauty show through. For wood features you do want filled, you will need to fill them with a wood filler compound of your choice. You will also need to prep the door for paint or stain by hand sanding the entire door and around all edges with a fine-grit sandpaper. This process can take anywhere from 2-3 hours to prep the door to be ready for your paint or stain.

Getting a raw unfinished door is the cheaper option, but it will take more of your time to prep the door to be ready to finish it. You cannot leave a wood door like this unfinished. This prep work could be great fun for an experienced DIYer, but if this is your first time tackling something like this with wood, we suggest spending some time reading articles and watching videos for best practices on how to complete this project so that you end up with the exact look you are going for with your finished door.

While you will need to spend some of your time prepping the door if you choose a raw unfinished door, you'll also be able to get it faster as it speeds up the lead time of the door so it ships out to you sooner!

We’re excited to see what you create with this new option! If you have any questions or need assistance, give our service team a call. They are eager to help in any way they can!

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