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How to Paint the Exterior Doors of Your Home

Tips on Front Door Paint for Homeowners: How to Paint the Exterior Doors of Your Home

Door Paint Tips

Nothing improves the look of the outside of your home like a fresh coat of front door paint. A simple color change or even a touch up can work wonders for your curb appeal. 

Continue reading for some helpful advice on how to paint your exterior doors. You can opt to use stain, lacquer, or paint depending on the material of your door. Consult your local windows and doors company if you are unsure of what type of paint to use.

Use These Materials When Painting  Door:

  • Drop Cloth
  • Tack Cloth
  • Sandpaper
  • Sponge
  • Paintbrushes
  • Foam Rollers
  • Painters Tape
  • Primer
  • Paint, Stain, or Lacquer

*If you need help choosing the color of the paint for your front fiberglass doors, you can hold up paint chips to determine the best match. It is also a good idea to tape them to the door so that you can see how the color changes as the outside lighting shifts. Also, double-check that the type of paint you are considering is safe to use on the door before you purchase it. 

  1. Remove the front door carefully. Secure it on a saw-horse in a well-ventilated area. Ensure that the door is completely flat, as this will prevent any drips or runs from the paint. Be sure to remove any hardware and hinges and use painters tape to cover any door accents or glass portions of the door. 
  2. It is always a good idea to sand the surface of the door to remove any dirt, debris, and paint that have built up over time. Use a wet sponge to clean the surface of the door and then follow up with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out the surface. Finish up by using a tack cloth or a slightly damp sponge to remove any dust. 
  3. Prime the front door with adhesion primer, making sure to use even strokes. Use a foam brush for those areas that are raised or depressed. Give it at least 24 hours to dry before painting the door.  
  4. First, paint the trim around the door panels using a small foam paintbrush. Next, using a roller, paint any raised or depressed sections of the door, followed by the horizontal sections. Next paint the outermost vertical areas, followed by the innermost vertical side of the door.

*Make sure that the paint is totally dry before you apply the final coat. If you want, you can sand the door between coats to smooth out the surface while removing any excess paint. 

Reattach the front door as soon as the final coat of paint has completely dried. Once it has been properly fitted, you may attach the hardware and other components that you had removed prior to painting the door. 

If you require further assistance with choosing front door paint, do not hesitate to contact Total Home Windows and Doors. A member of our staff is always ready to speak with you. Call us today for a quote for the best windows and doors on the market today.

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