This post explains How to Paint the Doors. Doors, frames, and the casework are all considered the trim work. They are constructed of wood, vinyl, or metal. Because doors are the entrance and exit points, plan to paint them last, so the paint completes will be undisturbed and allowed to dry upon completion of the room.
How to Paint the Doors
1. Clean Off Grime Before You Prime
- Washing the old finish is probably an important step you can take to ensure good paint adhesion.
- Even the best paint won’t stick well to oil and dirt, and there are lots of both on doors, especially near the knob, where dirty hands have pushed and pulled for years.
2. Beware of paint buildup
- Decades of paint buildup can make a door rub against the jamb or door stop molding.
- The fastest method to remove the paint buildup on the wooden door is with a sharp stainless steel or carbide scraper.
- After scraping, sand the wooden door to smooth scraped edges.
- Use power sanders sparingly—high-speed sanding can melt paint, creating it even more difficult to smooth out.
3. Fill all holes, even small ones
- You might suppose that new paint will hide tiny dents and the scratches, but it won’t. In fact, the new coat of paint High point the minor flaws.
- Fill dents less than 1/8 in. deep with a spackling compound.
- For deeper holes, use the two-part filler or the epoxy wood filler.
- It’s more of a problem to use and you usually end up throwing away a lot of partially hardened filler, but the patch will be hard enough to take a lot of misuse without falling out.
4. Prime the entire door before painting
- Unless the old paint is in the perfect condition, you should prime before the painting.
- Primer blocks stain mute dark colors and help the new paint stick better.
- It also seals porous fillers so the topcoat looks smooth and even. Avoid the spot priming—it will make the top coat of paint look blotchy.
5. Sand between coats
- No matter how careful you are, you can find ridges or bubbles or a few bits of the dust and lint in a fresh coat of the paint or primer.
- For the smoothest possible topcoat, hand-sand the entire door after the primer and between coats of paint.
- It may seem like a lot of work, but it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes when the door is flat on the sawhorses
6. Get a smoother finish with a special mini roller
- The best method to avoid the brush marks is to avoid using brushes.
- High-density foam mini rollers spread paint evenly, without brush marks and without the bumpy surface that standard-nap rollers leave.
- They have rounded ends that almost eliminate the lap marks and let you paint into the corners without leaving the scrapes or ridges.