That’s why you just bought a new front door and now you are going to paint it. Wait! This door may have cost you hundreds of pounds, so is it worth figuring out how to protect your investment? If you put in some effort in preparation, it will pay off well later. But if you’re cutting corners, don’t be surprised if you have to repeat the entire process in a year or two when the paint starts to peel.
Follow the simple steps below to get a fantastic front door that your neighbours will envy:
Choose the right time and place
Some experts recommend placing the door flat on a pair of hangers for decoration. This has some advantages: it is easier to avoid dripping when working on a flat surface; without a frame, you can reach any part of the top and bottom edges; and it’s easier to draw hardware cutouts because you don’t have to install the hinges and handles until later.
On the other hand, doors are heavy, difficult to manipulate and take up a lot of space. The buck can leave traces of contact; and you have to wait a few hours for the first side to dry before you can paint the second side.
In fact, most homeowners prefer to decorate the door frame. Wait for a warm day (minimum 10 ° C) and do not blow in the wind to avoid blowing dust on the wet paint. Do not work in strong sunlight or the paint may blow. Before you start, pry open the door and put some cardboard underneath to prevent dripping.
If your door is unfinished, lightly sand the door with fine sandpaper and then wipe it with a damp cloth to remove dust. Apply tape to the edges of all glass panels to prevent splashing. Some doors have a protective plastic film on the glass that can be peeled off after installation, but you may need to use tape as an extra precaution.
Buy a brush
Use high-quality brushes with natural bristles. Cheap brushes are a waste of time – the paint will not flow out properly and may continue to come off while you are working. A 100 mm (4 “) brush is suitable for large areas as it has good coverage, but it is not too heavy when filled with paint. You will find that a 25 mm (1”) brush is easy to apply. cutting is (into corners) and complicated to handle Areas such as beads and cuts.
Before starting, gently slide and pull on the bristles to remove any loose bristles, then rinse the brush with clean water. This not only removes dust, but also prevents the paint from drying out on the bristles. For the first time, do not use a new brush on the topcoat, but always “smash” on the primer.
If you don’t want brush marks on the door, try a high density foam mini roller. This allows you to cover the panel fairly quickly and it is smoother than a brush. You can rotate the end of the roll to enter corners and tight spaces.
Unless you ordered a pre-treated door, you will need to use an anti-fouling primer – preferably two coats – to set the foundation for the rest of the paint job. Pay special attention to the top and bottom of the door as they are particularly prone to water seepage.
Apply the primer evenly on both sides and don’t forget to make holes for the hardware. This seals the wood and keeps moisture to a minimum, preventing expansion (causing the door frame to stick to the frame). On the contrary, it also helps prevent the door from drying out and shrinking in hot weather.
After the primer has dried, you can start using the first top coat. Start at the edge of the door so you can get rid of any paint bumps when you work on the main plane. If you want to decorate the sides of the door with different colors, you will need to paint the outer edge (near the handle) to match the inside of the door and the hinged edge to match the outside.
Unless it is a revolving door, you will now need to paint the edges of each panel and then the surface. On a larger flat surface, brush or roll up and down, then back and forth, and finally roll up or down again to distribute the paint evenly and prevent sagging. Before the dripping hardens, smooth it out immediately.
Use at least two coats of high-quality exterior wall paint. If your door is constructed and veneered, first check that the paint is suitable for this type of structure. It is highly recommended to use acrylic latex paint as it will bend through wood and help prevent cracking. Choose from a matte, satin, semi-gloss or glossy finish. Dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions, usually between 4 and 6 hours.
After each coat of coating dries, lightly sand the entire door with fine sandpaper, then wipe it with a damp cloth to remove dust. This will provide the smoothest primer for the next coat and help you achieve a professional look.
Allow enough time for the door to dry before use. After all the hard work, it would be a shame if the paint isn’t completely dry and sticks to the frame.
and last but not least…
Decent decoration work cannot be rushed, so don’t shave. After all, the goalkeeper has been there for a number of years. Take your time, plan well, and work harder to really make your neighbors jealous.