Expert Tips on How to Paint Exterior Doors

Painting can be a lot of fun for some, but for others, it’s hard work. This is especially true when it comes to exterior doors. And it’s even more of a challenge if you don’t know how to paint exterior doors.

We have gathered tips from expert house painters on the best way to paint your exterior doors Oakville. This will make the job a lot easier and more enjoyable!

How to Paint Exterior Doors

Step 1: Remove hardware and accents

Similar to the way you would if you were painting cabinets, remove any hardware from exterior doors Oakville. As well, you need to remove any accents, decorations, or any other obstacles that will get in your way when painting.

Step 2: Wash the door

 Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt and debris from the doors. This will prevent inconsistencies in the paint job. Allow the door to dry completely before the next step.

Step 3: Scrape the door 

Use a paint scraper to remove any flaked or peeling paint from your exterior door. You may wish to wash the doors again and let them dry before proceeding to step 4.

Step 4: Sand the door

Use the proper sandpaper to sand down the door. Use medium-grit for oil-based paint and fine for water-based paint.

Step 5:  Tape the door

Use painter’s tape to cover any spots on which you do not wish to get drips (ie: hardware, etc).

Step 6: Apply a coat of primer

Priming your door is the best way to guarantee a smooth and even finish. Take care to apply it evenly and allow it to dry for at least 24 hours before the next step.

Step 7: Paint the exterior door

Use the proper tools to paint your front doors. It is best to apply two coats, allowing 24 hours to dry between coats. Use a flat brush for the base coat and an angled brush for those hard-to-reach areas. You can use a roller for larger surfaces but be sure to use a brush to smooth out any uneven spots.

Step 8: Reattach hardware

The final step is to reaffix any hardware after allowing the door to dry completely. It is best to wait a full 24 hours before reattaching any hardware, decorations, and the like.

Tips for Exterior Door Paint

  • Go in a new color!

Most people tend to stick with the original door color. However, a new color is a great way to boost your curb appeal. Think about the style of your home before choosing a color so as not to clash with the overall design.

  • Stick to Neighborhood Guidelines

Those who live in a community such as an apartment complex or condom might need to check with their HOA. There may be restrictions in place as to what colors may be used for exterior door paint. This will help you avoid unnecessary fines as well as additional work. 

  • Don’t be afraid to be bold!

A lot of homeowners stick with traditional paint colors for their exterior doors. These include beige, off-white, white, cream, tan, and so on. Don’t be afraid to choose a bold color to liven up your home and match your personality. Fun colors such as black, red, green, blue, or purple can do a lot to liven up your curb appeal. 

Need more advice on how to paint exterior doors? Contact professionals of TH Windows and Doors Oakville for door and window repairs and renovations. We can also give you a quote for the best energy-efficient windows and doors in Oakville and the surrounding area!