How to Paint Wooden Doors

Painting a wooden door is a simple job for any do-it-yourselfer. There is no need to hire a professional to paint a wooden door. Whether you are painting over existing paint or painting the wooden door for the first time, the job can be done effectively by following the proper steps. Give your wooden door a professional-looking paint job yourself and save some money in the process. Before you know it, that plain wooden door will spruce up the entryway to any room.

Remove the door from the frame. Place the door on sawhorses or lean it up against a wall. This will make it easier to paint and to sand the door, and will also prevent the paint from running. If you do not want to remove the door, you can paint it while it is in place. However, if you do decide to remove the door from the frame, it is best to leave the hinges in place and put masking tape around them to protect them from the paint. Remove the doorknob or handles from the door.

Sand the door and jam to provide a smooth surface. For wood doors that have never been painted, use fine-grit sandpaper. If the door has existing paint on it, you will need heavy-duty sandpaper. It is not necessary to remove all of the existing paint. Rather, sand the door just enough to roughen up the surface of the wood so that the new paint will stick. Wipe down the door with a rag and plain water to remove any dust and dirt.

Apply a primer to the wooden door before painting. The primer will help adhere the paint to the wood. Apply the primer using a mini paint roller or a paintbrush. Allow the primer to dry completely according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Stir the can of paint thoroughly with a paint stirrer. Fill a paint tray with the paint.

Apply the paint to the door. You can use a mini paint roller, paintbrush, or full-size roller. It depends on the style of the door and what you prefer to use. A full-size roller is ideal for flat wood doors with no grooves or etchings. Use a mini roller combined with a paintbrush for doors with panels. Paint the door beginning at the top and working your way down. Dip a paintbrush into the paint tray, wiping the brush on the edge of the tray to remove drips. Brush the paint onto the top edges of the door, working your way down to the bottom. Paint all of the edges of the door before moving on.

Paint the bevelled areas of the door next. These are the indentation areas of the door if it has panels, which many wooden doors do. Use a 1 ½-inch brush for this part of the door. If the door is just flat and has no panels, roll on the paint with a full-size roller once all of the edges are painted. Back brush any paint drips with a paintbrush.

Paint the flat, raised part of the panels using a 2 ½-inch paintbrush. Use full brush strokes to apply the paint to the panels. Apply the paint to the rest of the door using a mini roller or paintbrush. It is just a matter of preference as to which tool to use. Roll or brush the paint onto the unpainted spaces on the door using full strokes.

Allow the paint to dry completely according to the manufacturer's instructions. Apply a second coat of paint, if needed.

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