Paint or Stain Frame Finishing Instructions

Frame Finishing Instructions

This frame is designed to be painted and/or stained. Use the same high quality exterior grade paint or stain as used to finish the entry door. Solvent based paints and stains and/or acetone based paints and cleaning products must NOT come into contact with frame weather seals. Solvents will degrade this seal.

CAUTION: Painting a frame made with FiberPro or FiberMate material a dark color and/or installing behind a storm door can cause heat damage not covered by the product warranty. Frames made with FiberMate Plus (ZEEL) are designed for higher heat situations and can handle a dark paint in most installation conditions.


Frame Surface Prep

The frame should be free of any dust or debris. Denatured alcohol is the preferred cleaner. The frame should be dry and acclimated to room temperature before applying paint. No further surface preparation is necessary for finishing.

NOTE: Painting this frame does not require adhesion promoter or primer.






Exterior water-based finishes are recommended. Apply thin coats, allowing paint to dry between coats for desired coverage and finish. Follow paint manufacturer's instructions for painting plastic materials.


A 2-step staining process is recommended for the most desirable level of adhesion.

Step 1: Apply an opaque base coat of paint to the frame, as described above.

Step 2: Apply the stain to the frame. Work the stain into the graining of the frame with a brush, sponge or cloth. Wipe the excess stain for the desired finish. Stain manufacturer's instructions may differ or provide additional information. Please follow their instructions.

Top Coating

With paint or stain manufacturer's recommendation, apply a clear top coat to protect the finish.

Paint or Stain Frames

If you aren't sure whether your frame should be painted or stained, scan the QR code on the back of the Western Reflections label on your doorlite. If the label has been removed, here are the frames that use these finishing instructions:

Standard FiberPRO Oak

Evolve® FiberPRO Oak

Evolve FiberMate White/Oak

Evolve (SDL) FiberMate White/Oak

TriSYS® FiberMate White/Oak

Craftsman FiberMate Oak/Mahogany

Spotlights FiberMate White

ZEEL® FiberMate Plus White

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