If your front door is in need of repainting, but you are hesitant to do the work because of how much labor you will have to put into it, we want to tell you that it really isn’t that bad of a job. A lot of homeowners assume that they need to take the door off its hinges in order to paint it, but that’s not the case. You can save yourself a lot of work and actually do a better paint job, if you just leave the door to hang on its hinges.
Before you paint your home’s interior, you do need to do some prep work, though. You should start by inspecting your door for cracks, bubbles and peeling paint. You can take off the paint that has peeled and fill in cracks and holes with wood filler. Use a quick drying one to ensure that you can get started on the painting soon. To deal with rough surfaces, you may need to sand some and smooth them out.
Next, lay down some painter’s tape on the hinges and parts of the wall where the door is likely to touch. You want to cover any place where paint can move from the painted door to somewhere it isn’t supposed to go. That way, you won’t have much cleanup to do when you are finished. Then lay down painter’s cloth so that there is no mess to clean up on the floor.
After you do all that, you are prepared to start applying primer to the door. Not all doors need primer, but if there is already paint on the door, and it is in poor condition, then a coat of primer will be very beneficial. Make sure you prime the entire door, and that includes the edges.
Then you can put on a coat of paint. You will want to begin painting on the hinged side of the door. That will allow you to close the door while parts of it are still drying, as that part will dry first. Paint in even layers and use the same stroke up and down. Using the up and down stroke allows you to cover the most area in the shortest amount of time, and using a consistent stroke all the way across makes the finished paint job look spectacular.
You don’t have to use a hand paintbrush for the entire door. You can just use that brush for those areas that need precision painting. You can use a foam roller for the majority of the work; just be careful about any splatter that this tool can create as you roll up and down along the door.
There is no need to take the door off its hinges to paint it, if you follow our advice.
We hope these tips save you some time and make your work go much smoother and faster. If you have followed our advice, you should have very little to clean up and you should have a fantastic looking door.
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