How to Paint a Door
The selection of paint, colour and technique that your door is painted with can dramatically impact the entry of any space.
Here are a few tips that will help you create a lasting first impression for any room or home.Download PDF Print
Here's what you're going to need:
- Drop Cloths
- Sand Paper 180 & 240 grade
- Painters masking tape
- Paint brush
- Roller frame
- Roller cover
- Paint Tray (matching frame width)
Recommend: Taubmans Ultimate Alkyd Enamel
- Determine the paint colour for your door. Review our colour charts for more colour inspiration. Remember to consider colours you’ve selected for doors, trim and ceilings when making your choice.
- To get the best possible results we recommend taking the door off the hinges, and laying it flat on a raised surface or leaning it against a protected wall.
- If laying the door flat, use drop cloths on floors where appropriate, or tape plastic drop cloths to walls if painting the door against a wall.
- If you are unable to remove the door, wedge the door in place to ensure it doesn’t move while painting.
- Sand down the door. If necessary, remember to lightly sand door edges.
- Apply painter’s masking tape to hinges and door handles.
- Stir your paint thoroughly before pouring it into a paint tray.
- Paint the edges around hinges and door handles first with a brush.
- Paint the door using either a W or M technique, starting a roller’s width out from the edge, and rolling from mid-height towards the top of the door and then down.
- When applying water based enamels, coat the door and spread paint swiftly, without over brushing to avoid visible brush marks.
- Wait for the paint to dry before applying a second coat.
- Once the second topcoat is completely dry, re-hinge the door to the frame.