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THE TOP KEYS FOR PAINTING DOORS THE TOP KEYS FOR PAINTING DOORS

Painting doors is not always the easiest. 

Do your doors need a little facelift? Or do you have new doors that need to be coated? With our advice, painting the doors will hold no secrets for you.

You will probably not be surprised to learn that good preparation and the right method are the keys to success. This is also the case for any job. But when it comes to doors, we have a very special tip that will make it particularly easy for you: take everything apart. And when we say it all, that's it!


By taking the doors out of their hinges, you can paint the top and bottom more easily, which is too often overlooked (or even forgotten)! Indeed, under the door, the lack of paint can result in the long term in damage due to humidity due to cleaning the floor with water.

Also remove the handles, hinges and locks. You will save yourself a lot of work because, by not removing them, they should be protected with masking tape.


With your door removed from its frame and 'bared', it's time to get it ready for the paint job.

Old doors are usually full of greasy fingerprints from opening and closing them. Degrease them carefully using Formula MC. Rinse with water and let the door dry well. Then sand it and dust it thoroughly with a damp cloth.

If your old oak doors are coated with wax, the paint job will be a bit more complicated. The wax offers little adhesion to the paint; moreover, it is not easily removed either. In some cases, by arming yourself with patience and acetone, you can remove the wax.

  • New doors must not be degreased. But good sanding and dusting are still recommended to obtain an optimal result.
  • Use the correct paint to paint the doors.

Painting doors

Whatever their material, all doors can be painted, even glass ones. Just be sure to apply a suitable primer so that your paint will adhere easily to the door. This layer will be different depending on the materials such as e.g. wood, aluminium or glass. For the finish, you will again have the choice between solvent-based or aqueous-phase lacquers. We summarize the advantages and disadvantages of each type of paint.


Solvent-based lacquers are more resistant, especially to scratches. They offer the great advantage of not being afraid of grease, which is very useful in areas where there is a lot of circulation. These paints dry a little slower, which allows you to work longer on a surface and to correct small mistakes that you might have made while painting. This type of paint may over time 'yellow' when it comes to light colours, and the pungent odour it gives off during and after painting can be bothersome.


With water-based paint, you will have little or no odour, and you can easily clean your equipment and any stains. Waterborne paint dries faster, forcing you to work faster. In short: no coffee break during work! Paint is also more sensitive to oily hands, although, in recent years, fingerprint-resistant formulas have been developed. A good example: pro elastomeric, the perfect product for your doors if you prefer to work with water-based paint.


Painting Doors

The tastes and the colours... depend a lot on the preferences of everyone. Some like the colour of the doors to contrast with that of the walls, others love to see the whole thing in one colour. Be aware, however, that an identical shade available in different types of paint (wall paint vs lacquer for the doors) can sometimes give essential variations. We are proud to announce that paintoutlet paint gives excellent results when it comes to colour consistency. The variation will, therefore be minimal.

On the other hand, did you know that there are paints that can be used for both walls and woodwork? For this type of product, you will need to use a different primer for the walls and for the doors, before applying the same topcoat all over and achieving a perfect result.


Shopping List

  • Sanding paper: different grit depending on the condition of your door.
  • MC and Scotch Brite Scuff formula for sanding while degreasing.
  • Masking tape (if you cannot disassemble everything).
  • Cardboard boxes or plastic wrap to cover your floor.
  • Quality brushes adapted to the type of painting.
  • Small rollers for painting large surfaces without streaks. Adapt your rollers to the type of paint used.
  • Small paint trays or buckets for comfortable work.

Advice:

There are disposable bins, which are very useful because they do not have to be washed after working.

The job of painting a door is very similar to that of a wall. Work in a structured and focused manner. Want to go back to the process step by step? Our videos will show you how to apply the base coat and topcoat.

Painting doors is not always the easiest. 

Do your doors need a little facelift? Or do you have new doors that need to be coated? With our advice, painting the doors will hold no secrets for you.

You will probably not be surprised to learn that good preparation and the right method are the keys to success. This is also the case for any job. But when it comes to doors, we have a very special tip that will make it particularly easy for you: take everything apart. And when we say it all, that's it!


By taking the doors out of their hinges, you can paint the top and bottom more easily, which is too often overlooked (or even forgotten)! Indeed, under the door, the lack of paint can result in the long term in damage due to humidity due to cleaning the floor with water.

Also remove the handles, hinges and locks. You will save yourself a lot of work because, by not removing them, they should be protected with masking tape.


With your door removed from its frame and 'bared', it's time to get it ready for the paint job.

Old doors are usually full of greasy fingerprints from opening and closing them. Degrease them carefully using Formula MC. Rinse with water and let the door dry well. Then sand it and dust it thoroughly with a damp cloth.

If your old oak doors are coated with wax, the paint job will be a bit more complicated. The wax offers little adhesion to the paint; moreover, it is not easily removed either. In some cases, by arming yourself with patience and acetone, you can remove the wax.

  • New doors must not be degreased. But good sanding and dusting are still recommended to obtain an optimal result.
  • Use the correct paint to paint the doors.

Painting doors

Whatever their material, all doors can be painted, even glass ones. Just be sure to apply a suitable primer so that your paint will adhere easily to the door. This layer will be different depending on the materials such as e.g. wood, aluminium or glass. For the finish, you will again have the choice between solvent-based or aqueous-phase lacquers. We summarize the advantages and disadvantages of each type of paint.


Solvent-based lacquers are more resistant, especially to scratches. They offer the great advantage of not being afraid of grease, which is very useful in areas where there is a lot of circulation. These paints dry a little slower, which allows you to work longer on a surface and to correct small mistakes that you might have made while painting. This type of paint may over time 'yellow' when it comes to light colours, and the pungent odour it gives off during and after painting can be bothersome.


With water-based paint, you will have little or no odour, and you can easily clean your equipment and any stains. Waterborne paint dries faster, forcing you to work faster. In short: no coffee break during work! Paint is also more sensitive to oily hands, although, in recent years, fingerprint-resistant formulas have been developed. A good example: pro elastomeric, the perfect product for your doors if you prefer to work with water-based paint.


Painting Doors

The tastes and the colours... depend a lot on the preferences of everyone. Some like the colour of the doors to contrast with that of the walls, others love to see the whole thing in one colour. Be aware, however, that an identical shade available in different types of paint (wall paint vs lacquer for the doors) can sometimes give essential variations. We are proud to announce that paintoutlet paint gives excellent results when it comes to colour consistency. The variation will, therefore be minimal.

On the other hand, did you know that there are paints that can be used for both walls and woodwork? For this type of product, you will need to use a different primer for the walls and for the doors, before applying the same topcoat all over and achieving a perfect result.


Shopping List

  • Sanding paper: different grit depending on the condition of your door.
  • MC and Scotch Brite Scuff formula for sanding while degreasing.
  • Masking tape (if you cannot disassemble everything).
  • Cardboard boxes or plastic wrap to cover your floor.
  • Quality brushes adapted to the type of painting.
  • Small rollers for painting large surfaces without streaks. Adapt your rollers to the type of paint used.
  • Small paint trays or buckets for comfortable work.

Advice:

There are disposable bins, which are very useful because they do not have to be washed after working.

The job of painting a door is very similar to that of a wall. Work in a structured and focused manner. Want to go back to the process step by step? Our videos will show you how to apply the base coat and topcoat.

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