A great finish begins with a properly prepared surface, and Antigua doors are all sanded by hand to ensure the best possible surface preparation. Machine sanding, the method employed by a majority of door manufacturers today, is inferior to hand sanding because only the human hand can reach the edges and molding details found on a high end door. In addition, hand sanders can also see and feel surface flaws that require additional attention. Hand sanding continues throughout Antigua’s multi-step finish process, ensuring proper adhesion between coats, as well as a smooth, high quality feel or “hand” to the final product.
Our sophisticated 20 step finishing process showcases the rich colors and striking grains of our hardwoods. This process involves hand rubbed wiping stains, sprayed on stain concentrates, toning, polyurethane sealers, patinas, and glazes. Panels are pre-stained prior to assembly in order to avoid “white wood” exposure in dry conditions. Our products are protected with our exclusive polyurethane finish specially formulated for the highest level of protection available on the market. Exterior door finishes have an additional additive to protect against harmful ultraviolet rays. A superior product requires a fanatical attention to detail.