How to Prepare My Door for New Paint

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The front door of the home is usually the first thing someone sees and can set an overall initial impression of how the rest of your home will look. Front doors actually require a certain amount of maintenance from regular cleaning, weatherproofing and the occasional sprucing. A great way to refresh your front door is to get a new coat of paint.

However, there is more to painting your door than just quickly running a paintbrush over it. Here are the ways to prepare your door for a new paint job.

Choose a New Paint Colour

This can be overwhelming whether you are aiming for a neutral coat or a high-contrast coat. Our suggestion is to tape a few swatches to the door because the colours will appear different outside than they do inside. If you have no idea what colour to choose, consider the colours around your home. If you have natural greens around the entryway or a gray undertone in the flagstone, see what colours compliment those the best.

Remove the Hardware and Prep the Door

To get a professional looking finish, take the time to remove the locks and the knobs to reduce the risk of getting paint on them. Clean the door and use a palm sander to roughen up the flat surfaces of the existing paint. This will help the primer adhere to the surfaces. After sanding, wipe the entire door clean with a dry rag to remove any dust.

Apply Primer

Depending on the final colour that you choose, you might want to get the primer tinted – which will require fewer coats of paint. However, regardless of the primer you use, when it dries, run the sandpaper lightly over the surface to level out any bumps. Then use the same dry rag to clean off the dust.

Paint the Edges and Details

Go over the inset or trim details by hand with a paintbrush for an even base coat. As a tip, use the brush to feather out the edges of the paint so that there are no drips.

Roll Paint on Flat Surfaces

Use a small roller to apply a smooth and consistent paint application across on the flat surfaces, including the edges of your door.

Use a Brush for a Hand-Painted Finish

Use low-nap and foam rollers are great because they leave minimal stippling on the surface. However, when it comes to getting a nice finish, use a paintbrush to lightly brush over the final coat of paint while it is still wet to rid of any roller marks and to leave a smoother ‘hand painted’ texture.

Reattach the Door

When the painting is all done, and it has had a full day to dry and cure, reattach all the locks and knobs.

With these seven steps, you will have a nicely prepared door that will leave a great impression with its freshly painted appearance.


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