Door Painting: Indoor Paneled Door Painting

Are you looking to do some door painting to spruce of your home? The fact is, this simple project can really work to improve the look and feel of your home without a lot of cost. Plus, there is often no reason to actually replace the door when you can update the look with a bit of paint. Here are some quick tips to help you with painting the indoor, paneled doors you have throughout your home.

Remove the door from the hinges and remove all hardware. You want to be able to paint the entire door, not just the area around these.

Use a sander with a 220 grit or a similar product to stand off the door. Most of these doors will have areas that are rough. If they have been painted with a gloss paint, you may also want to sand down these areas so that the new coat of paint adheres well. The good news is that you really do not need to get all of the paint off.

If the door has any flaws or you want a nice finished look, seal the door with a clear sealant. This will lock out the moisture and will help give the door a complete, beautiful look.

Next, look for the right type of paint. You may want to shop for a wood based paint that allows for a thicker finish. Flat paint is not always a good option since it can easily wear away and is difficult to actually clean. Choose an eggshell or satin finish instead.

Place the door on stands so that one side can be painted in full. Use a paint roller for the best results. You will need to be careful about the details. If there are raised panels, you need to ensure that no paint runs down the side or otherwise is not fully applied. For detailed areas, use a small paint brush.

Allow the door to dry for at least 24 hours, with 48 being optimal, before you flip the door over to do the other side. This allows the paint to fully cure, so that you do not have to worry about any markings in the door.

Once the door has been painted on both sides, and allowed to dry thoroughly, replace all of the hardware and reinstall. Keep in mind that you do not have to go with brown or white for your doors. You can dress up a space with unique and fun colors. The more creative you are, the better the finished project will look!

Door Painting

The doors, frames, and casework are all considered trim work. Doors are usually constructed of wood, metal or vinyl. Since doors are the entrance and exit points, paint doors last so the finish will be undisturbed and allowed to dry upon completion of the room. The easiest way to paint a door is on its hinges. Clean the hinges with rubbing alcohol and then mask them. The doorknob, lock, and other hardware should be removed or masked.

Door painting is made easier by bracing the door with wood shims to hold it steady. First place a piece of cardboard underneath the door to keep spills off the floor. This helps immensely in the clean up of door painting.

Buy a high grade paint for your door. Compared with a low grade interior paint, a high grade paint will spread more easily, splatter less, and show fewer brush marks and because it contains more pigment it hides flaws better. High grade paint can actually reduce the cost of your door painting project since it frequently requires only one coat. The result is a tougher, more durable finish that resists fading, yellowing, staining, and washable. Many paints offer special surface textures or effects that can enhance your room. Linen, stone, and other finishes are available in special colors. Ask your paint dealer whether the special paint you choose will stand up for your door painting project.

Start by painting the casing, working up from the inside bottom and across the header and down the striker side.

With a flat door, start by painting the inside hinge edge working in one direction from the bottom up. Apply the paint with a closed end foam roller. Roll two or three roller widths the full height and across the door. With a lightly loaded paint brush finish by brushing from the bottom to the top. This technique allows the roller to deliver the paint quickly and evenly. This door painting technique keeps a wet edge and leaves a smooth brush finish.

Use the same roller and brush techniques to paint a paneled door. Begin by painting each panel starting with the upper left hand panel and working the door face in sequence. Next paint the top member working down. Finally paint the outer edges. Remember to fix any runs or sags as you paint.

On a paneled or flat door allow the paint to dry thoroughly, lightly sand and apply a second coat. The second coat of paint can be flat or you can apply various decorative finishes. With a high grade paint you may be able to skip the second coat and apply your decorative finish on the first coat. A gloss paint resist stains, is easier to clean, and with its hard shiny surface it is tougher and virtually hides brush strokes better than flat paint. On a door that gets constant use it is a very important point to remember.

Remove the masking and replace all your hardware. Clean up is easy with the cardboard you installed under the door. Now all that is necessary is to stand back and admire a job well done.