21 Jan 2024

How to paint a door step by step

How to paint a door step by step

It does not always have to be walls that are given a new look. Doors also deserve a new lick of paint. You can go in any direction for the colour of your doors: from classic white to boldly contrasting. Do you want to go one step further? Then you can paint the doors the same colour as your walls. An elegant all-over effect is guaranteed! Painting doors is not difficult and not that different from painting walls.

This shopping list and step-by-step plan will get you started!

What you need:

Step 1 – Prepare your door

Remove the handle from your door or apply masking tape. Pour a dash of ammonia into a bucket of water and clean your door thoroughly. Let dry well. Then lightly sand the door with sanding paper and clean again to remove the dust. 

Step 2 – Apply the primer

New doors that have never been painted before must always be treated with a base coat or primer first. In principle, this is not necessary on doors in good condition that have already been painted, but if you are in doubt, it never hurts to apply a primer.

Stir the primer well and pour it into a paint tray. Use a brush for the edges and a lacquer roller with short bristles for the rest. Do the sides first and then the front and back. Work from top to bottom in three or four parts and use enough paint. Load your lacquer roller twice for each part and apply two parallel stripes that you roll out crosswise. Once the paint is well distributed, gently roll out one last time in one direction. Proceed in exactly the same way across the entire door. Let dry for 4 hours.

Step 3 – Apply the lacquer

Lightly sand the door again and remove the dust. The door should feel smooth and then it's on to the most fun part of your painting job: the finishing layers! You apply it in exactly the same way as the primer. It is best to apply two layers of lacquer for a nice, even and strong end result. You need to let the first coat dry for 4 hours before starting the second coat.

Step 4 – Remove the masking tape

Have you put masking tape around the handle? Then carefully remove it while the paint is still wet. Done!

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