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How to paint a door.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Paint (usually one type of paint for
the door and another type of paint for the door frame)
Tarp (for capturing any paint drops and
Medium sandpaper (about 120 grit)
Paint roller and paint tray
Paintbrushes (a 3-inch and 1-inch)
Scrap piece of carpet (wide enough to be held
with both hands as it is placed underneath a door bottom)
Painting a door is usually what completes the
installation of a door, and this can be done with relative ease.
Caution: When dealing with chemicals, such as
those found in paint, make sure you take precautions;
read all product manufacturer instructions.
Painting a door can be done in a few steps,
and here's how:
In preparation of
painting, with a screwdriver, remove all lockset hardware found
on the door to be painted (or use masking tape to cover it up).
Put a tarp
underneath wherever you will be painting.
As may be
necessary, using your hands, sand the door with sandpaper.
Wipe up any
generated sanded dust with a damp cloth/rag so as to keep the
door's surface clean of debris.
Remove the door
off of its door hinges by removing the door hinge pins, using a
hammer and screwdriver (position the screwdriver at an angle to
drive up against the head of each pin so as to push it out with
the force of a hammer hitting the butt of the screwdriver); if
you have trouble removing the door hinge pins, please refer to
the section on door hinge pins being stuck and consequently too
hard to remove.
Note: Removing the door off of its door hinges is primarily
done to gain access to the bottom edge of the door so as to get it
painted. If you choose to, to avoid removing the door off of
its door hinges, you can simply apply an ample amount of paint on a
scrap piece of carpet and then slip this piece of carpet underneath
the door, rubbing it back and forth against the bottom edge of the
door so as to get it painted.
Once the door is
off of its door hinges, one at a time, paint each side edge of
the door, including the bottom edge, with a 1-inch brush, being
considerate of the paint-dry time established by the paint
manufacturer. (Of course, before painting on the paint,
apply primer as may be necessary.)
painted all of the side edges of the door, before continuing on
to paint the rest of the door, reinstall the door back on its
door hinges, making sure you put the door hinge pins securely
back into place. (It will be easier to paint the rest of
the door while it is hanging in its place, on its door hinges;
try to protect the surrounding area from possible paint
drops/spills by, again, covering the floor underneath with a
Paint the rest of
the door, specifically a multi-paneled door, one side at a time,
in this manner: With a 1-inch brush, paint in a consistent
fashion the molded edges of the door panels; then, with a 3-inch
brush, paint in a consistent fashion the door panels,
Use a damp
cloth/rag to wipe up any excess paint in the process.
the panels of the door, move on to painting the stiles of the
door (i.e., the vertical surfaces of the door that surround the
panels), starting with the middle stile of the door.
Then, paint the rails of the door (i.e., the horizontal surfaces of
the door that surround the panels) next, making sure you paint
smoothly and in a consistent fashion so as to easily blend in with
other previously painted areas of the door.
Finally, paint the remaining two outside stiles that are to the left
and right of the door surface, and, just as always, paint smoothly
and in a consistent fashion so as to easily blend in with other
previously painted areas of the door.
Repeat step 10
for the painting of the other side of the door.
Allow the painted
door to dry; as may be applicable, please see the paint
the door, itself, move on to painting the door frame, including
the door trim/casing, door frame sides (top, left and right
sides), and stops. Though, before you start painting,
remove all lockset hardware found on the door frame (or use
masking tape to cover it up).
Allow the painted
door frame to dry; as may be applicable, please see the paint
If you did not
use masking tape as part of your paint preparation, re-install
all the lockset hardware on the door and door frame.
That's how to paint a
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