How to Paint a Front Door: A Step-by-Step Guide for Painting Your Front Door

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Painting your front door might sound easy, but actually there’s a few things you’ll need to know before you get your paint brush out. This helpful step-by-step guide will walk you through painting your front door, from types of paint to brush choices.

What Type of Paint Should You Use?

There are three different types of paint that you can use to paint your front door: spray, enamel and latex. Enamel is a soft, flexible white paint that will make a classic door appear more modern and clean. Although, these types of paint can yellow over time if you don’t use it as often as you should. Enamel paint can be applied using a roller, brush or bucket. An option for a unique look, latex paints are thick, glossy finishes. You can either use brushes or rollers. As always, the key to latex paint is to apply it to a clean surface and not directly over wood. When it comes to spray painting your front doors it can be tricky, you ideally do not want to spray paint a door with much detail, as it may not cover the entire area, however a professional spray painter may be able to do a more thorough job.

The different type of paint you’ll need can also be dependent on the style and texture of your front door, whether or not your front door is made from pvc, or composite will have a dramatic effect on the overall aesthetic of your newly painted door.

What Kind of Brush Do You Need?

The type of paint brush you use is entirely dependant on the type of door you will be painting, if your door is smooth with minimal design details, you’ll likely be able to use a roller on the majority, and then go over the corners and edges with a small three- or four inch paint brush. However if your door has intricate details we advise using smaller brushes, or even a small hand roller.

Painting Preparation (Getting the Right Supplies)

Preparing your front door for painting is the first step to a beautiful painted door. It’s recommended to cover your front door with masking tape. Sometimes, masking tape can tear off, some of your paint, thats why it’s important to be patient. If you intend on removing old paint, you may consider finding some paint remover or even sanding paper if you’re door is of the right material, If you have smaller details we do not recommend using sanding paper as this could cause damage or disruption to the design of your door. Another supply you’ll want to keep close buy is a small plastic bag, this will be used for tearing and covering the door knob & door handles to ensure that no paint is spilled or splattered on unintended areas.

Applying Paint to Your Doors

1. Before starting, wipe down all the trim surrounding your door, especially where the glass meets the frame. Painting the frame can leave white spots, which isn’t ideal. Depending on the depth of your door you may need to apply more than one coat to get a really glossy coverage of paint . Remember that you will need to let each coat dry fully before continuing on to the next.

Painting a Solid Colour Door

There’s a misconception that all exterior doors must be painted a certain shade of white. Actually, you can paint any solid colour on any exterior door that meets certain standards. Now you can achieve a shiny and bright finish that will add beauty to your home. Choosing a solid colour is always important – whether you want it to be a bold stand out piece or adding a touch of quirkiness to the front of your home, it doesn’t always have to be a monochromic style, why not be adventurous and add a vibrant colour?

Maintaining Your Front Door

Once you’ve applied paint to your front door, you may think you’ve finished and you can now sit back and enjoy your aesthetic entrance door, however unfortunately you would be incorrect, a large part of having your front door painted is in the maintenance, and in order to keep the colour vibrant for long periods of times, front doors require regular maintenance. This is partially to do with the weather conditions the outwards facing sides are exposed to, unlike the indoor of your home, it will take regular small damages, cracking and peeling if not upkept. Taking good care of your door requires a regular additional coat of paint, or gloss depending on your paint type. You can also regularly check moisture levels to ensure no internal damages are occurring.

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