Scenario. I have a wooden door that's:
- Made by whitewood that's covered by a plywood.
- The plywood has white ash veneer pressed on it from the plywood factory. It's a 4mm thick plywood that's manufactured pre-pressed with white ash veneer atop.
- The white ash veneer layer on the plywood is already stained and sealed with protective coatings for outdoor use.
- The door's frame is made of some white wood that's stained similarly.
- This is exterior door subject to humidity, UV, rain, wind, etc.
Problem. The stain that was used on the pressed white ash veneer is too dark, which makes the natural wood's grains of the veneer layer invisible. Effectively the door looks no different than, say, a plastic or metal door, which is defeating the design purpose of the door.
Goal. Make the door look like as if the stain that was used was a very light brown one, similar to the butternut wood photo below:
Options that I guessed so far.
- Use stain remover, and chip a thin layer of wood, then apply a new stain. But I doubt that the pressed veneer is thick enough to allow for any thinning.
- Bring a thin butternut veneer and press it on the door and the frame. Two ways to do it:
- Remove old plywood-with-pressed-ashwood, then press the new butternut veneer. But I'm not sure how easy it is to remove the pressed plywood (glued onto the door frame).
- Press the new butternut veneer right on the ash wood veneer. But I'm not sure how good it will stick, and what kind of preps must I perform in order to ensure a long-lasting door.
- Apply a hybrid approach: de-stain and strip the thick wooden frame. But press butternut on the door. Then stain the thick wooden frame to match the door's look. But I doubt that they will match the colours.
Looks-wise, I think option (2) would be best, as I can bring veneers that look as I want, without even needing to stain it (simply seal it with protective coatings). But durability-wise, I'm very unsure about any option I thought of so far.
Any other thoughts are highly appreciated.