Finishing instructions for all wood doors: 1. All six sides (front, back, top, bottom, left, fight) of each section should be finished using the same method. If the outside of the door is painted, the inside should be painted. If the outside of the door is stained, the inside should be stained. 2. When painting a door, the finish coat base should be the same as the primer coat base. A latex based finish paint is recommended for use with a latex based primer, and an oil based finish paint is recommended for use with an oil based primer. Minimum one coat primer and 2 coats finish. 3. Any exposed beaded or v –groove openings that could pocket water need to be sealed with a high-quality, polyurethane caulk or similar quality caulking material after the finish is applied. 4. When staining a door, select a quality exterior penetrating stain (transparent, semi-transparent or solid) that is mildew resistant, UV resistant and water repellant. 5. When warehousing or storing doors prior to installation, caution should be taken to protect the wood parts from direct exposure to moisture conditions. 6. Avoid film-forming finishes, such as varnishes and urethanes, which do not penetrate the wood. 7. Unfinished wood parts should never be left exposed to the natural elements. 8. It is preferable that finishing be undertaken prior to installation. 9. Where concrete floors are used, the garage door should not be installed until after the floor has been poured and adequate time has elapsed for the moisture content to dissipate. 10. Where the building is to be plastered, the garage door should not be installed until after the plastering is completed, and the majority of the associated moisture has been dispersed. **Note** Painting a wooden or carriage-house door a dark color may void the warranty as undesirable effects such as warping or de-lamination may occur. A copy of the finishing instructions can be downloaded in the wood carriage house section of the web site by clicking on the ” Features and Options” tab.