Follow these Step-by-Step Instructions for Ensuring a Quality Door Paint Job
By Mark J. Donovan
||Painting a door is a great way to add the finishing touches to a room that has just recently been painted. Door painting is easy to do and is a low risk project for even the most novices of DIYers. It’s a small project, costs little to do, and requires little skill. That said, painting a door requires a bit more of an organized process to ensure a quality job. Following the steps below will ensure you get the quality door paint job you desire.
Tools and Materials for Door Painting
For materials and tools you’ll of course need a small quart size can of interior paint. In addition, you’ll require a one to two inch wide quality paint brush, a roller and paint tray, 120-grit sandpaper, tack cloth and mineral spirits.
For best results when painting a door remove the door from the door frame and remove all of the hardware, e.g. door knob and hinges, from the door. Then take the door to a large area where you can easily paint it. A well ventilated garage or basement, for example, works best for small paint jobs like this.
If you don’t feel up to removing the door from the doorframe, then use painters tape to mask over all the hardware. However, do not apply the masking tape until you complete step two first.
After sanding the door and door frame wipe down both using a tack cloth lightly dampened with mineral spirits. This will remove any dust or oil from the door surfaces to ensure the paint adheres well to the door and frame.
If you left the door on the doorframe for painting, now is the time to apply masking tape around the door hardware. Make sure to do a neat job with the taping to ensure clean paint lines.
If your door painting plans include painting the doorframe, paint it first using a one to two inch wide paint brush. After painting the doorframe let it completely dry if you plan to paint the door while it is still attached to the doorframe. This way you won’t inadvertently smudge the paint on the doorframe while you’re painting the door itself.
If your door has insert panels, e.g. a six panel door, paint them first using your one to two inch wide paint brush. Make sure to really work the paint brush well into all the corners of the insert panels.
For the rest of the door use a paint roller to apply the paint. The paint roller will help speed up the painting of the door and enable a smoother finish. Also use your paint brush to work in any brush marks that may appear on the door surface from your early work. After painting one side of the door you should ideally let it fully dry before painting the other side. This way you will avoid leaving finger prints on the fresh paint.
Once both sides of the door are painted use your paint roller to paint the edges of the door. Again, have your paint brush handy to blend in any over-paint when painting the edges.
After the door has been painted re-attach the door hardware and re-install the door onto its hinges. If you left the door on the hinges to paint, then remove the masking tape to compete the project.
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