Are you planning on painting any doors in your home by yourself? It can help to have the right preparation, materials, tools, and technique. This will ensure you have the correct results that you are happy with. Follow Dori Door‘s professional tips in order to make an old door look spruced up and beautiful.
First put the door flat
This will help you avoid any dripping or running paint. Yes we know it’s tempting to paint the door while it’s standing. But if you want the paint job to have a truly smooth finish you need to remove the hinges ,knobs, and hardware – and lay it completely flat on sawhorses. This way you can avoid any dripping or paint sags – and of course, paint both sides in a day if the door is also rested on top of lag screws.
Clean the door before you paint
It’s smart to wash the existing finish on the door before you paint in order to guarantee that the new paint will successfully adhere to the door’s surface. Even high quality paint won’t stick fantastically if there’s oil and dirt on the door, which there is always a lot of, especially in the area near the knob where tons of human hands touch it. Before you prime or fill any holes in the door, make sure to scrub it with heavy duty cleaner, and let it dry irst.
Be aware of paint build up
Paint build up, over many years, can cause a door to scratch against it’s jamb or interfere with the door stop. THe best way to get rid of paint build up is by using a sharp steel or carbide scraper. After you scrape the door, sand it to smooth it down. We recommend sandpaper rather than a power sander, as high power sanders can melt paint. If you have a fiberglass door with flaky paint, chemicals trip it rather than sanding it down. If you rhome was built before 1979, check to see if the door has lead paint on it before you scrape or sand it down.
Fill Door Holes
Make sure to spackle any dents or holes in the door, and if you’re dealing with deep holes, use two-part or epoxy wood fillers.
Make sure to use primer on the door to prevent staining, unintentional dark marks, and allow the new paint to adhere better. Primer also helps the new paint job look more even. Don’t’ just prime in particular spots, but prime evenly across the entire door. If you’re covering up a color painted door, use a gray tinted primer rather than a white one.
Look for remaining holes after priming
Any hidden holes in the door you may have missed will be able to be more easily spotted after you prime the door. After the door primer dries up, shine a strong light on the door, and if you find any remaining holes, fill it with spackle, sand it, and reprime it with the same applicator that you used the first time.
Sand the Door between Coats of Paint (after it dries)
This will help get rid of any dust or unintentional dust parts that may stick to the door between layers of paint. Hands And the door between dried coats of paint, but not too hard, or even use a sanding sponge that does not clog or stearate the door (this will be on the sponge level.) Then vacuum the door and wipe it with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust.
Use a foam paint roller
This helps you avoid garish brush marks, and allow you to spread paint smoothly and evenly without a gross bumpy surface. They also let you easily paint into corners of the door. Use brushes first on panels, but then apply new coats with the foam roller. Foam rollers should also be used with primer.
Wait Two Days before closing the door
Make sure to wait until the door is truly dry before allowing it to close, as paint can take a long long time to dry – especially in humid environments. To be safe, allow the door’s new paint to dry over two days before shutting the door.