How To Paint Your Front Door

26 July 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Ever think about painting your front door to pump up your curb appeal with beautiful colors like red, yellow, or even turquoise? It's a great way to add character to your home, even if you wanted to just paint it white. Maybe you haven't done it yet because you just aren't quite sure how to paint it. See below for step-by-step instructions on how to paint your front door so you can have the door you have always wanted.

1. Start With The Right Paint

Before you begin, you'll need the right paint. You want to use an exterior paint that will hold up to the weather elements. Even if you have a storm door in front of it, you still need to use an exterior paint. The sheen that you use is up to you, although a satin, semi-gloss or high-gloss will be easier to keep clean (think about how many people will be touching your door - that's a lot of fingerprints).

2. Remove All Hardware

Remove all of the hardware on your door such as the door handles and locks. You can paint around the handles and other hardware if you have a steady hand and tape around everything, but it's usually easier to just remove the hardware. 

3. Clean And Sand The Door

Before you paint your door, you'll want to sand down any imperfections in the door itself. If the door has been painted before, there could be drip marks from previous paint jobs. Sand down any areas where the previous paint job has peeled, or where there are any scratches in the paint. Once you have the door sanded down, clean the door with a damp clean cloth. For deeper cleaning, use a mild dish washing detergent/water mix, then rinse thoroughly and allow the door to dry.

4. Prime The Door

If you are going from a dark color to a light color, you may want to prime the door first. This helps prevent the old color from showing through and will give you a nice base for your new paint. Use a paintbrush to prime the door and add a second coat if necessary.

5. Begin Painting

Start with a 2 1/2 inch angled paintbrush and begin cutting in around any inset areas if your door has them. Next, paint the raised panels next to the inset areas. The vertical sections between the insets/raised panels should be painted next. Then paint the horizontal sections between the insets/raised panels. Finally, the sides of the door should be painted. You can use the paintbrush for the entire door, or you can use a foam roller for everything except for the insets, as these sections are more detailed and require more finesse. Repeat this process for the opposite side of the door (if you are painting both sides). Allow the first coat to dry and then repeat for a second coat. Add any touch-ups if necessary. When the door is completely dry, you can replace the hardware.

If you have questions about painting your front door, contact a local house painter or click for more info about exterior painting.