I recently got a exterior 6 panel hardwood door to stain before the joiner fits it to frame. To my horror the stain didn't come up well as some of the panels turned almost a dark grey colour in appearance. I phoned the supplier and he said the door was made from Meranti and there is usually a great variation in colour once stained. This door looks terrrible I wouldn't fit it on my shed never mind the front of my house. Can anyone tell me more about meranti and if its suitable for staining as what I've been given just looks like paint grade timber.