How to paint louvered bifold doors

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How to paint louvered bifold doors
Louvered door that can be spray painted. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Louvered bifold doors are commonly used on closets in humid climates to help ventilate the closet to prevent clothing and fabrics from smelling musty. Painting louvres has traditionally been difficult for homeowners because the slats are angled, and paint tends to glob up at the ends. Bifold doors are also considered difficult because they fold, and the door edges must be painted as well as the flat sides and louvres of the door. One way to solve these issues is with a paint sprayer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Saw horses
  • Dust sheet
  • Bristle brush
  • Rag
  • Screwdriver
  • Painter's tape
  • Primer
  • Electric paint gun
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Remove the bifold door by unscrewing the bottom adjustment pin and lifting the door from the hinge point. Place the door unfolded and flat on saw horses. The saw horses should be located in a garage or space with still air. Still air means dirt and debris is not stirred up to drift in the air. Cover the floor or other items in the room with plastic or dust sheets to protect them from over spray.

  2. 2

    Remove the door knobs with a screw driver. Tape over the hinges with painter's tape. Clean the louvres and panels using a stiff bristle brush and rag.

  3. 3

    Pour primer into your electric spray gun. Some guns recommend thinning your paint or primer for best results. Follow the spray gun recommendations for best paint thickness for your gun.

  4. 4

    Prime the door. Move the spray gun over the doors so that a thin coat is applied. Keep the nozzle of the gun an even distance from the doors and stop and start each pass beyond the edge of the door. Coat the set of doors and allow the primer to dry for six hours or until the paint is well hardened. Turn the doors over and repeat. Allow the primer to dry for six hours.

  5. 5

    Stand the doors up and partially fold them. Prime the inside edges of the doors with a paintbrush. Allow the primer to dry for six hours. Repeat this process with your paint. You may need more than one coat of paint. Remember that thin coats and no drips are better than trying to remove drips from a thick coating. Brush out drips with a dry paintbrush while the paint is still wet.

Tips and warnings

  • Sand visible drips after the paint has dried and repaint those areas.

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