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Painting Interior Doors

Interior doors are a major feature in every home, whether its bedroom doors or a set of double doors to a dining room. Because interior doors are so visible throughout our home, they tend to direct the eyes towards them, making it important that they be painted well. We’ll outline the process of painting interior doors including choosing the right paint, preparation, the actual painting.

Choosing the Right Paint

For most doors, the best choice for paint is a high-quality latex/acrylic semi-gloss paint. The quality of the paint will help you get a long-lasting colour that is more resistant to wear and tear. Since you only need a relatively small amount of paint for interior doors, it’s worth spending the extra bit of money to purchase a high-quality paint.

Using a semi-gloss paint for interior doors provides two major benefits – it’s resistant to scuffs, stains and scrubbing which is crucial for interior doors, and it provides a nice eye-catching shine while displaying the grooves and patterns on the door itself.

Selecting a paint colour tends to be a bit more difficult. Many people opt for a classic white colour as it matches everything and looks clean. Darker options however are becoming more of a tend with many people opting to paint their interior doors with a black or dark grey to give them a bold appearance.

Preparing the Door

With any painting project, the first most important step is to ensure that the surface is clean before paint is applied. This includes eliminating any fingerprints, dust, cobwebs and other debris. Generally, these can be wiped off simply with a damp sponge. Be sure to clean in the cracks and grooves of the door and frame as well as the corners and around the floor.

Next, you’ll want to isolate the area you’re planning to paint. If you’re just painting the door and not the surrounding trim, it’s best to remove the door from the frame and paint it separately by laying it on top of blocks over a sheet or plastic tarp. If you are painting the trim around the door, be sure to use painters’ tape and plastic to protect the floor and surrounding surfaces.

When painting doors, always remove the door handle. It will ensure that no paint will get on the door handle, but also avoids those awkward brush strokes around the handle and cover.

Priming the Door

Depending on your choice of colours, priming the door may or may not be necessary. Generally, if you’re changing colours it’s best to apply a coat of primer to the door prior to painting. If you’re planning on using the same colour and refreshing the door itself, primer may not be necessary.

Painting the Door

Be sure to stir the paint well and use a brush to paint the door. Always be sure to follow the wood grain and paint in the same direction as the grain, not against it. This will ensure that the grain remains visible and gives your door that natural wood appearance. Once the paint is applied, be sure that no one touches or bumps the door until the paint is dried.

           

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