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How to Paint a Door

How to Paint a Door: Read This Guide Before You Paint

Though it’s a little change for your interior, but a smooth painted interior and exterior door can make your home look completely changed. But before that, if you are a beginner, then you will need to know that how to paint a door like a pro. You can see thousands of ways to paint an interior door, but this guide is completely different. Here we will show you practically how you can easily paint your door. 

Before starting the guide, you must select a suitable color matching your wall paint, then select the best paint for the door; after that, follow the below steps. 

What You’ll Need Before Start The Door Painting 

  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Mini roller tray
  • Utility knife
  • Paintbrush
  • Roll of painter’s tape
  •  Roller handle for 4″ rollers
  • 4″ woven rollers with 1/4″ nap or 4″ foam rollers
  • Wood filler if it’s an old door with nicks and a putty knife
  • Canvas or plastic drop cloth to protect your floor from paint

Method 1: How to Paint a Door: Step by Step Guide

How to Paint a door
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Step 1: Choose a Painting Option 

First, let’s remove the door handle out of here so when it comes time to paint your door, you’ve got three options: 

  • A Paint Roller
  • A Paint Brush 
  • A Paint Spray Gun

The spray painting is very easy to use. However, you do have to have a bit of experience, and not everybody has a spray gun at the same time. So what I’ll be showing you guys today is how to use a brush and a roller to get a nice finish on your doors.

Step 2: Let’s Get Start The Process 

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Now, as you can see, I’ve got them in plastic bags here, got a brush in here and a roller in here. The reason I’ve got them in plastic bags is simply to preserve the brush, so I was using these brush and paint roller a few days ago, and I knew that I was going to use them again and a couple of days.

So, rather than washing out my brushes, I prefer just to put them in a plastic bag. That way, I can extend its life, and I can usually get about a couple of weeks if I was just to seal this nice and airtight in these bags, so what I usually use is a brush in a roll-up both at the same time on the door. Meaning that I’ll use the brush to get into any of these tight areas, especially on the pedal doors, and then I’ll use the roller to get the bulk of it.

Step 3 to 6: Start Painting With Paint Brush

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When painting with a brush, you never want to get too much paint on the brush. You only dip the tip of the brush in just like that, and you can even take off the excess if you’re like, and the reason for that is that we only use the tip of the brush to paint, and that’s what makes it extremely important. Because if we were to use the whole bristles on a bra, what tends to happen is you’ll end up having an uncontested spread of paint on your door.

At the same time, you also leave lines, so what you do have to do is simply use the tip of the brush as I’ve just done in, so there’s not much paint on there yet, but just with the tip of the brush, you’re able to spread that nice and easy, and you get a perfect consistency. So using a brush is simple; you can paint the whole door as I previously did. The only upside for that is that I’ve got a lot of experience out of painting and control with the brush.

Step 4:

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So like I said, using the tip of the brush, we’re able to get a nice spread of paint, and you always want to go over your work using that tip of the brush. So you want just to feather that out that gets rid of any inconsistency in the paint gives it a nice thin, consistent spread of paint as well, and you get a perfect finish just like that. So like I said, I only use the brush when it comes time to any of these and any of the paneling, so any areas that the role is going to struggle to get into, you can do it with the roller.

Step 5:

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However, I prefer not to, so just go in those corners. Then you always want to go back over your work because, as you’ll find, hopefully, you guys can see there’s a bit of run over here, and that tends to happen on any time you want to cross over and those sharp edges, so you end up getting a spread of paint over there. You can see they’re that thick run right there. What you want to do is just simply spread all that out. That’s why you always have to go back over.

Step 6:

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Your work just spread that out; it’s very, very common that you’ll find almost on every corner or every edge that you go over you get a little run like that, so you want to go back over nice and light that’s why it’s very important to have only a little bit of paint on the brush. You never want to overload it, and remembering that the first coat is your most important coat the reason for that is because this is when you get the bulk of the paint on you to want to get any of those little cracks any of the little hard areas to get into is when you want to get into on the first coat.

Step 7 to 14: Apply the Paint Every Corner with Brush

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The second coat, you’re perfecting what you’ve done on the first coat and filling that is to give you a nice deep finish in terms of the color and then just once again go over the edges make sure there’s no more runs feather that around everywhere and then you can see it’s got a perfect finish. I’m using a brush is don’t overload the brush and always just use the tip. You’ll get a perfect finish every single time just like that.

So another important thing to note is always to follow the grain because that allows you to hide any flaws or lines you might leave while brushing. For example, if we’re to go across the grain, it’ll tend to leave lines going across. However, if the will to go with the grain, you’ll notice that it doesn’t leave as many lines. Hopefully, you guys can see. If not, you guys will learn the hard way, or you’ll get the gist okay, so once again, finish all that.

Step 8: Start Painting with a Roller

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Once we’ve done that, I like to use the roll-up, so you don’t want to get too much paint on the roller and always go with the grain again, so that’s how you’re going to get that nice clean finish. When you first get it on, you’ll notice there’s a bit too much paint in there, and we just want to spread that out now with the roller.

Step 9:

Once you spread out the paint enough so that it’s got an even consistency so that you’d like just like I’ve got Nero over here, what you want to do is you roll over the roller. Basically, with no weight, you can say I’m carrying it from the bottom, so literally, we’ve no weight. We just want to roll over the top of that and get rid of all those little wine, so you say some people it’s all you.

Step 10:

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I’m rolling an M shape or a W shape, whatever it is, don’t even bother with that. Just go straight over, but nice and light. Hence, even the same thing happens with the walls, so anytime you’re painting walls, you want to make sure that you always do the same thing so you’re going back over your work about you’re just going very lightly and they’ll get rid of all those overlap lines. If you want it to go through with the brush, as I said, you can do it just like that going through those corners.

Step 11:

I don’t like it; to be honest, I don’t find that it gets through all those little angles or all those little corners that we need to get into, and then you’re going to have to go back over it with a brush anyway, so I try and avoid having to go back over. I just do it once, so once you can say here we’ve got the overlap in the grain so the grains going up here and then it goes across, you want also to change your direction with the roller you can see how much quicker it is with the roller.

Step 12: 

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So once the main section of the door is complete, the only thing left to do is the edges. So I don’t load the roller with any more paint, and I just simply want to use up any of that excess paint that’s left on the roller and just get around and work all of that in so once again nice and light. 

We don’t have any spread of that paint excess spread just on an important thing to remember is that anytime you’ve got bare wood like here you have the bare timber you want to make sure that you’re prime that area before you paint it now in my case I’m using a paint end Prime at the same time.

Step 13:

I don’t have to worry about that just in case you guys are out there you’ve planed, or you shaved down your door, or the edges usually don’t come pre-prime to anyway, so make sure you put some primer on there to make sure that the paint adheres the way it should. 

Step 14:

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Once you’re done, that’s the first coat; complete now. Usually, I only did two coats on the door like this, so two coats of paint I’m going to take probably about 30 to 45 minutes to complete your dry off that way. It’ll be touch dry so I can flip the door over and then do the other side. Overall, it took me about an hour and a half in total. I should be able to have both sides of the door painted.

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When it comes to doing the second coat, I have an option of continuing it on the horse as I have done here and painting it over for the second coat, or I can simply hang the door and paint it up. In contrast, it’s still hung as I don’t have to get as much paint in it in any of those tight areas so I can do that while a tongue and I’ll come back and do the other side in about 45 minutes, and I’ll see you guys then so once the doors try over and do the same thing on the other side. 

Step 15: Finishing Part

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So now we’ll just let these trial, and then we’ll be back for the second code. After that dry it completely, our door painting mission is successfully complete.

How to Paint a Door Beginners Guide


Method 2: How To Paint Doors Using A Roller

How To Paint Doors Using A Roller
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A roller is the most easiest way to paint a door. If you are a complete beginner, then you can follow this process to paint any door in your house. To simply complete the process, we will show you step by step how to paint a door using a roller. 

Step 1: Start From Cut Edges

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Now the first thing you want to do is cut your edges in which I’ve done, and on the back, on the backside of the door, you have to cut this back edge in here. You won’t be able to roll right up to that it always pays to cut this edge in now you also going to have to cut the bottom of the door in making sure you laid off, and also it pays to cut this first few inches of this top in that way when they’re all in the door you won’t hit the frame.

Step 2 to 4: Ready to Rolling

How to paint a door
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So now we’re ready for our roller off-put plenty of paint on there when you’re rolling a door always start from roughly the middle of the door. Then work the paint out from there, and as you can see, it’s not going the wet far; there’s generally a couple of dips to it off, but you do want to make sure you spread it out.

Step 3:

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It’s closer to that package as you can make sure you run on the top like so now I’m not going to finish that off properly, yet I’ll do my second-bit dip down the bottom. Make sure it is as close to that edge of the doorframe as possible and down along the door’s bottom. 

Step 4:

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Now you’re going to be kidding when you stop like that that you don’t have big roll alarms, but that doesn’t matter at this stage. Now once you’re at this stage, roll over the ball. Use a reasonable amount of pressure because you want to get rid of any lines or anything that might be in there. You have to go back over it again this time. It is a little bit less pressure and this time. 

Step 5: Final Finishing

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I’m just going to go in one direction now. Have a look at your door check it over now. I’m pretty happy with that. I should look at it this way as well. If you haven’t got enough light, open up and have a good look now that looks pretty good, so now I’m just going to go it very lightly. You probably stuff it up my mole up okay, so what we’ll do one more time or roll on that bottom then.

I’ll roll over roll over the door for the last time each time. It is the weight of the roller and nothing else there you go, one more roll that’s the basics of rolling a door.    

How To Paint Doors Using A Roller Video Guide