How To Transform A Fiberglass Door Into A Faux Door

Fiberglass doors are beautiful all on their own and can really stand out whether you paint them white or a bold color. If you are looking for a wood look for your door, but can't afford the price tag that comes along with it, you can paint it to look like expensive wood. Read on for instructions on how to transform your fiberglass door into a faux wood door.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Primer
  • 2 1/2-inch angled paintbrush and rollers
  • Water-based wiping stain (in your stain color choice)
  • Clean rags
  • Graining tool (to create a faux wood grain)


Tape around any windows in the door with painter's tape to prevent damage. Remove any hardware and remove the door from the hinges so you can work on a flat surface.

  1. To start, you'll need to sand down your door if the paint is peeling or there is any damage to the existing paint.
  2. If the paint is fine, you can use a primer to cover the old paint (or the new door). Use a 2 1/2-inch paintbrush and rollers to apply the primer. If your door has insets, use the paintbrush to get in the corners and decorative edges, then use the roller to blend it together. Make sure to blend in any drip marks.
  3. When finished, allow the primer to dry completely before applying any stain. You should allow for at least 24 hours for the primer to dry thoroughly.
  4. Using the wiping stain and a rag, apply some of the stain to the rag and apply it to the door. Start at the top and work your way across the top, down the sides, and around any insets. 
  5. Wipe the stain in even strokes, applying more to the rag when necessary.
  6. When finished, you can begin using the graining tool while the stain is still wet to give it a faux finish. Work the graining tool around the door to mimic a wood grain. Follow the lines on the door, such as using horizontal lines and vertical lines when needed for a real wood look.
  7. Allow the stain to dry completely for at least 24 hours before you touch the door or replace any hardware.

For a more "real" look, stain the entire door -- front and back (plus the sides). Layering stain colors can also give it more dimension. Add a clear coat to protect your masterpiece and prevent any damage when finished. 

A solid wood door may be too costly for your budget; you can achieve a similar look by staining a fiberglass door instead. You can also speak with a contractor in your area about finding the perfect front door for your home.