Ways To Paint Your Exterior Front Doors
Don’t make the mistake of painting your exterior front doors with it. The best paint for exterior front doors is exterior acrylic paint because it is flexible and contains mildewcides designed to protect your doors from harsh conditions. This is not a difficult project, and with a small investment in quality tools, primer and paint you’ll have a glossy front door that will welcome people to your home for years to come. Here are several ways to paint your exterior front doors. Remove door handle hardware and other attachments such as the peephole, mail slot and weather stripping, using a flat or Phillips screwdriver. Sand the door lightly with 120-grit sandpaper or a sanding sponge. Wipe it down with a damp rag and mild detergent, rinse and allow it to dry. Cut excess caulking and weather stripping from around door windows and sidelites with a sharp razor knife. Prime the door, even if it has been primed by the manufacturer. Use either a fast-drying oil-based primer, or a good-quality water-based primer. Use a two- or three-inch brush for a paneled door or a six-inch roller for a flat door.
Caulk any visible gaps, no matter how narrow, around panels, trim and at the joints. Apply a bead of caulking compound to each gap, then immediately smooth it with a damp rag or your fingertip. Remember to paint the front doors with at least two coats of 100 percent acrylic paint. “Cut in” edges and corners first with a two-inch angled sash brush, then roll flat areas with a six-inch trim roller, first pouring a little paint into a roller pan. Brushing first minimizes the appearance of brush strokes. Allow the paint to dry for at least two hours between coats, or as indicated on the paint label.