Before and after composite door treated with Polytrol

Using Polytrol to restore a faded wood effect composite front door

When someone arrives at your home, your front door is one of the first things that they’ll see. A tired, faded front door can make even the most beautiful of homes seem a little neglected.

Exposure to rain, sunlight and pollution can all contribute to making your front door look as if it’s seen better days. The good news is, is that there is a quick and easy way to restore the colour and appearance of your front door without breaking the bank.

Why Polytrol?

A deep penetrating oil, Polytrol colour restorer penetrates through the surface of your front door and re-wets the pigments, to restore your door’s original colour and shine. Designed to form a tough and long-lasting flexible finish when it dries, Polytrol doesn’t leave any kind of ‘film’ on your front door, so will not peel or flake.

But don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at our before and after photos of a wood effect composite front door, restored using Polytrol. We think you’ll agree that the ‘after’ photo looks like a brand new front door.

Before and after composite door treated with Polytrol

Quick guide: how to use Polytrol to restore your wood effect composite front door

Firstly clean your front door

It’s important that your door is free from any dirt, grime, grease or mildew, so give it a good clean with some warm soapy water.

Tip: If your front door has mildew on it, just scrub it with a 50:50 bleach and water solution and leave to stand for about 10 minutes, before rinsing.

Any waxes or polishes should also be removed.

Before getting starting with Polytrol, make sure that your door is completely dry.

Time to get going…

When using Polytrol, it’s important to work in areas that you can complete in 10-20 minutes. As most front doors are quite small, you can usually do it all in one go.

Use a brush or a cloth to liberally apply Polytrol. If you notice that some bits are looking shiny and others are looking matt, move any of the surplus oil over to the matt areas.

Leave it to work then wipe off the excess

Polytrol only takes between 10-20 minutes to work its magic.

After this, it’s time to wipe off any excess product with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Leave it to dry

You’re done! Just leave your front door to dry and admire your work.

You’ll need to clean any tools you’ve used to apply Polytrol with white spirit.

It’s important that any rags you have soaked in Polytrol are properly discarded or they could spontaneously catch fire. See Polytrol’s full instructions for more information.

Want to know more about Polytrol and its many uses? Get in touch today – we’d be happy to answer your questions.

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16 thoughts on “Using Polytrol to restore a faded wood effect composite front door

  1. Need a surface restorer for a black composite front door that gets hammered by the sun (because of black colour) and harsh weather in winter.

    1. Hi Lionel,

      Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to help here as it is likely that the peeling is due to delamination of a protective film that the door manufacturer applied.

      Sorry we couldn’t be of more help – please do not hesitate to call or email us if you have any further questions.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

  2. I had fibreglass garage doors which looked very sad about 7 years ago. I had them painted a horrible orange Brown. Can I now get that off and use polytol to restore.

    1. Hi Jessica,

      Thank you for your query.

      You can use Dilunett to remove the previous orange-brown coating, however, Dilunett is powerful enough to remove up to 8 coats of paint in one application, so any other coats of paint that lay underneath the new paint will also be removed.
      So in this case, there won’t be a previous coating left on the doors to restore.

      After you have applied Dilunett, your best option is to then finish the doors with a paint, such as Owatrol Deco – our rust inhibiting primer and paint available in 13 colours.

      We always like to recommend to our customers to try a sample size first and test it on a small inconspicuous area. Our samples are £5 with free next day delivery and can be found on the product pages.

      If you would like to learn more about these products, please see the following links:

      Dilunett – https://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/dilunett-gel/
      Owatrol Deco – https://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/owatrol-deco/

      I hope this answer was helpful – please don’t hesitate to contact us further should you have any more queries.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

        1. Hi Neil,

          A 1 litre tin will cover approximately 18m2 so a 0.5 litre tin should be perfectly sufficient.
          You can opt to use the spray and it will work in the same way, it was just made for those hard to reach areas.

          I hope this answer was helpful.

          All the best,
          The Owatrol Team

  3. Good morning
    We have a composite door and the elevated panels are flaking whilst the remainder of the door is still intact.
    I am about to purchase some Polytrol but just wanted to check first that this is the right product to deal with the flaking problem.
    If so – do I need to use sandpaper to remove the flaking parts before applying the polytrol oil?
    Thank you
    Martin

    1. Hi Martin,

      Thank you for your query.

      Can I please ask what kind of finish was previously used on the door?
      Polytrol will only revive the colour that has been lost due to UV rays, pollution etc. so knowing the previous product will help us assist you further.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

  4. Can’t find where I can find paint simples on line you have sent me a colour chart I found it once before but can’t find it now help!

    1. Hi Angela,

      Decking Paint, Shed & Fence Paint & SCS each have a product size drop down menu on the product page. Here you can select a sample size.

      I hope this answers your question.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

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