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Doors and Components Category

Improvement Project:

How to paint a door.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Paint  (usually one type of paint for the door and another type of paint for the door frame)

  • Primer

  • Masking tape

  • Tarp (for capturing any paint drops and spills)

  • 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)

  • Hammer

  • Screwdriver

  • Damp cloth/rag

Guide:

 

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:

  1. 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).

  2. Put a tarp underneath wherever you will be painting.

  3. As may be necessary, using your hands, sand the door with sandpaper.

  4. Wipe up any generated sanded dust with a damp cloth/rag so as to keep the door's surface clean of debris.

  5. 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.

  1. 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.)

  2. Upon having 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 tarp.)

  3. 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, themselves.

  4. Use a damp cloth/rag to wipe up any excess paint in the process.

  5. Having painted 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.

  1. Repeat step 10 for the painting of the other side of the door.

  2. Allow the painted door to dry; as may be applicable, please see the paint manufacturer's instructions.

  3. Having painted 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).

  4. Allow the painted door frame to dry; as may be applicable, please see the paint manufacturer's instructions.

  5. 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 door.

Ed the Handyman

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