Do you have plans on painting your doors sometime in the near future? If you do, there are a couple of things that you need to know first. There is actually no need to hire a professional to do this painting job for you. This is a task that you can do on your own – as long as you know what you are doing. If done correctly, you will end up with a smoothly painted door with a finish that will last a very long time. A good paint job can make your door look new. But a poorly painted door will end up making it look ugly.
So what should you do to do this job as a professional would? Here are some tips that will prove to be very useful.
Place the door on the floor
The truth is, painting the door while it is on its hinges will make the job progress faster. However, it is harder to have an even paint job because of gravity. The paint will most likely run down and drip. It might be harder to control the paint. This is why you should consider removing the door and laying it flat on the floor. This will not only keep the paint from sagging. It will also help you spread the paint quickly.
Remove the grime before priming
Another tip when painting doors are removing the grime before you start priming it. That means removing the oil and dirt that stuck in the door over time. You might want to concentrate on the knob because it is more likely that this is where all the dirt is. You can simply rub the whole door with a cleanser to remove the grime. This will maximize the adhesion of the new paint to the surface of the door. Once you have done that, you can now proceed to prime the door.
Look out for a buildup of paint
You should also be cautious of any paint buildup. This is the part of the door where the paint literally gathered. This is usually caused when the door rubs against the door jamb or the molding. You can remove this buildup by using a scraper. Once the paint is removed, sand the area to make sure the door is smooth. If your door was painted before 1979, you might be exposed to paint with a heavy dose of lead. Make sure your face is protected so you will not end up inhaling the paint you are removing.
Fill the holes
This is for all the holes. You want to fill them out – even the smallest ones. Do not rely on the paint to hide the dents or scratches. You may want to use a spackling compound to remove these dents, holes, and scratches. If the holes are deeper, you can use epoxy wood filler.
Prime the entire door
This involves the process of removing the old finish. When you go through this task, you have to make sure that you will do the entire door. This will help block any stains or let a darker color underneath from making the new paint look uneven. If you want a smooth topcoat, the whole door must be primed. A gray-tinted primer is usually a better option for doors instead of a white one.
Sand the door between coats
This will keep dust and lint from making the door look uneven. That means you have to give the door enough time to dry. Sometimes, ridges and bubbles will also appear after you paint. Sanding in between coats will help you get rid of these.
Use a mini-roller
This is really effective if you want a really smooth finish. Brush marks can sometimes be hard to control and a roller will eliminate this problem. It also spreads the paint more evenly – giving the door a smoother finish. Make sure you use the ones with a high-density foam for the best effect.
Keep the newly painted doors from sticking
Finally, you have to protect the door that you just painted. It will stick if it is not yet completely dry. Even if the topmost paint feels dry, you can bet that underneath is still sticky and wet. It can peel off when you open the door. That means you should use painter’s tape to keep it from sticking or peeling off.
Follow these helpful tips when you are painting doors. Regardless if you are painting an interior or exterior door, these tips will prove to be very useful.