How to paint a door

Painting a door is one of those tasks that can be tackled yourself, so follow this expert advice and ensure you get a professional finish at home

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Painting a door is one of those jobs that can be done at home by any practical home owner – It doesn’t have to be complicated and you certainly don’t have to pay a professional to do the job for you. It is a good way to integrate your doors with your overall colour scheme or a vibrant of contrasting shade to a room with an otherwise neutral tone.

By following this simple eight step guide, from preparing the door for painting, to leaving the paint to dry and cure, you can guarantee a professional finish throughout your home.

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What you’ll need

  • Dust sheets/newspaper
  • Primer
  • Exterior paint
  • Small paint tray
  • Cutting-in brush
  • Small foam roller
  • Screwdriver for removing door from hinges

1. Take your door off its hinges and lay it flat on a paste table. Remove any handles, door knobs and hinges.

2. Make sure the surface is clean, dry and is free from dust and grease. Scrape off any loose paint, remove any mildew with a solution of one-part bleach and three-parts water, and sand thoroughly.

3. Apply a coat of primer using a brush and small roller to help achieve a professional-looking finish.

Top tip: If you’re painting an interior door, choose a gloss or satin finish for durability. For exterior doors, like this one, choose an exterior paint. This is Wildlife from Valspar’s Exterior Wood & Metal Trim range.

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4. Begin by brushing inset or trim details by hand with a paintbrush so that you can lay an even base coat. Use the brush to feather out the edges of the paint so that there are no drips.

5. Use a small foam roller to apply a smooth, consistent paint application across all of the flat surfaces, including the outside edges of the door.

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6. Allow to dry for two to four hours, lightly sand in-between coats to encourage good adhesion and add a second coat.

7. Once one side is completely dry, turn it over and do the other side.

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8. Leave the door for a full day to allow the paint to cure. Then reattach the handles, hinges and knobs and reattach to the frame.