Faux wood finishes work best on steel doors. Wood-composite and even natural-wood doors can also be fauxed, but they're prone to weather-induced checking and cracking, which can mar the effect.
Faux wood finishes work best on steel doors. Wood-composite and even natural-wood doors can also be fauxed, but they're prone to weather-induced checking and cracking, which can mar the effect.

As the owners of a San Clemente, Calif., specialty painting company called Rags 2 Rich's, husband-and-wife team Rich Howe and Cindy Miller do a wide range of faux-finish work, including convincing renderings of masonry, plaster, and marble. They also take on one-of-a-kind projects, like the yachtsman's carbon-fiber spinnaker pole they recently finished, which is now all but indistinguishable from a traditional wood pole.

But their signature I-can't-believe-it's-not-wood finishes are found on garage doors.

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