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How to paint a front door

Before you add those beautiful items of door furniture it might be a good idea to repaint the front door. No exterior paint lasts forever and a fresh colour can add repeal appeal and make a big difference to the look of the outside.

When it comes to colour, washed-out greys, greens and blues are all the rage. If you have a period home, research some period colours to add an authentic touch.

Are you ready to paint your door?

Painting is never as easy as it looks. You’ll need time, preparation and patience. There are plenty of professionals so if you are not sure give them a shout, but for many of us painting a front door is a rewarding and cost-saving exercise.

If the front door is brand new from the supplier:

  • Once fitted fill any existing holes or cracks with a suitable wood filler
  • When dry, sand the whole door to provide a key
  • Cover with a good quality primer/undercoat (Most undercoats are water-based and will dry quickly but allow to dry for recommended time)
  • Unpainted doors may need a further application

If the door is being repainted:

  • Where possible remove any existing door furniture
  • Sand to give a good key – you can do this by hand or with a small domestic sander
  • Fill any holes or cracks with a suitable filler. Resand once dried
  • Apply a good quality undercoat (Most undercoats are water-based and will dry quickly but allow to dry for recommended time)

For both painted and unpainted doors:

  • Once undercoat dry, lightly resand by hand
  • Apply top coat of good quality branded gloss paint
  • For panelled doors, start with the panels and work from top to bottom and then down sections between panels and finally cross sections

More great tips on how to paint a door

  • Don’t overload your brush with paint
  • Try to keep strokes in one direction following the grain of the wood where possible
  • Work from top to bottom
  • Occasionally recheck the painted for drips. Paint out any drips immediately. Drips will be more prevalent in the bottom corners of panels
  • Take your time – you’ll get a much better finish if you have patience.

Now you are ready to fit your door furniture – for more information read our brilliant blog ‘All about door furniture’: http://www.ironmongeryonline.com/blog/door-hardware-guide/all-you-ever-needed-to-know-about-door-hardware.

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