Like most, my front door is exposed to weather including sun ( I live in Austin), heat, cold, wind, and I have to refinish it about once yearly, including sanding, re-staining and two polyurethane coats separated by light sanding. I've found that the polyurethane does not hold up well to the weather and has required annual refinishing. I am thinking about using a heaver marine finish, "Epifanes woodfinish matte" "for exterior or interior use" (though it's expensive) to try to get the finish to hold up longer. In addition, sanding the door is complicated by the shaped molding on the door face. Any ideas about (1) how to sand the door given the shaped molding, and (2) do you think the Epifanes will hold up better, and (3) if not is there another finish that might? All comments are welcome. A pic of the door exterior is attached.