Painting and Decorating Made Easier!

A door is one of those things most people are uncomfortable doing. It is the end result people are not sure of. That is why a professional painter is hired: so that quality and expedience is maintained.

Painting or finishing a door requires several steps. And the steps are based on the specific type of door you want to finish.

Generally, there are two kinds of doors. Each has subtypes with a variation in the finishing methods.

Wood Doors: Flat, recessed panel, and louvered.

Finishing Methods:

1. Natural finish application done by staining, sealing and clear coating using a brush/roller combination, sponge and rag stain application or by spray finishing.

* Typical finish choice: Oil base stain, sealer and an acrylic or oil based varnish or polyurethane.

2. Paint finish application done by applying the appropriate primer/finish system using either a brush/roller combination or by spray finishing.

        * Typical finish choice: An enamel or a similar oil based product.

Metal Doors: Flat, louvered and rolling.

Finishing Methods:

1. Paint finish application done by applying appropriate primer if necessary and a finish paint recommended for type of metal door. The application may be done either with a brush/roller combination or by spray finishing.

        * Typical finish choice: An enamel, a similar oil base product or a urethane.

The painting process involves a set pattern which provides for a uniform finished surface upon completion.

WHEN THE SURFACE IS FLAT

Step 1: First use a brush to paint the edges of the door.

Step 2: Use a roller with a short nap, say ¼” or 3/8,” to evenly apply the paint from the bottom to the top of the door. Make sure the entire surface is covered.

Step 3: Use a dried roller to “lay off” paint to eliminate any roller track marks and to reduce the number of brush marks.

WHEN SPRAYING A FINISH ON A DOOR

1. Test out your pattern on a bare wall or flat piece of wood.

2. Adjust spray gun settings to your liking.

3. Apply paint or finish evenly.

4. Allow for enough overlap between spray passes.

TIPS FOR FINISH COATS

1. I recommend applying an initial thin tack coat.

2: Then, apply the final thickness. The resulting paint finish will be finer because of it.

Spray finishing achieves the highest quality finish available. Also, it is a superb time saver.

A FEW FAVORITE DOOR PROJECTS

1. Cleaned and spray painted multiple overhead doors for large truck/trailer service center.

2. Sanded and painted over 800 paneled doors in hotel renovation project.

3. Brushed and roll-painted 65 sand finished metal doors requiring no pre-sanding.

4. Faux painted 13 wood doors to simulate gray rusted metal riveted doors.

5. Spray finished 27 wood louvered doors, upper half white, lower half black.

Wherever you are – and you’re a painter and decorator, a door is waiting nearby for your creative touch.

Look for: “Painting It: Door Projects” blog post.

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Thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

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Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

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