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As a professional painter and decorator in Dublin, I understand the importance of a well-prepared surface when it comes to painting. That’s why I want to share with you my step-by-step guide on how to repaint your front door for a flawless finish.
Gather your tools and materials
You will need a heat gun, paint scraper, filling knives/blades, sandpaper (grade 80, 120, 240) & sanding block, good quality paint brush, paint kettle/container, dust brush, clean rags, aluminum wood primer, undercoat (tinted to the same colour as your gloss), exterior gloss, satin, or eggshell finish, 2 pack wood filler, and white spirits.
Prepare the surface
If your door is in bad shape, start by stripping the paint off using a heat gun and scraper. Be careful not to gouge out the wood when scraping and try not to burn the wood. You will get most of the paint off with the heat gun, don’t worry if there’s still some paint here and there in the grain of the wood. Once you have finished with the heat gun, allow the door to cool down before sanding.
Sand the surface
Using a sanding block and 80 grade sandpaper, give the entire door a good rub down until it feels smooth to the touch. When you are satisfied that it’s smooth, switch from 80 grade paper to 120 grade and resand the entire door again. When finished sanding, give the door a good dusting with a dust brush then wipe down with spirits on a rag. Once the spirits have dried off, it’s time for your first coat.
Apply the primer
Before using any paint for the first time, give it a good stir first. If the door has panels, start with these first, applying the primer and working it into the wood, make sure to lay off the paint with strokes going in the same direction ie from top to bottom. When the panels are coated, move onto the edge of the door, the edge you see when the door is opened. The back of the door and other edge are counted as the interior. Next, prime the rest of the door starting at the top and working your way down.
Fill and sand
When the primer is dry, it’s time to start flush filling. Less is more when it comes to filling. Follow the instructions on the tin of 2 pack filler on mixing. Only mix small batches of filler at a time because it tends to go hard pretty quickly. Using the filling knife, drag or scrape the filler over the surface of the door. It’s best to fill every square inch. Once the filler is dry, it’s time to start sanding again using the block and 120 grade paper. When finished sanding, dust and wipe down with a spirit rag then repeat the filling and sanding process again. Filling twice will give a better result.
Apply the undercoat
Now it’s time for the first undercoat. Apply the undercoat using the same method as the primer. When dry, give the entire door a rub down with 240 grade paper, then dust and wipe down. When this is finished, undercoat again and repeat the sanding process when dry.
Apply the finish coat
It’s time for the finish coat now. Make sure that the door is clean, dry, and dust-free before applying the topcoat. Using the same technique for the other coats, apply the finish coat. Make sure to only use a small amount of paint and really work it into the surface. Keep an eye out for drips! If you are using a gloss
Once the paint is completely dry, you can reattach the door hardware and enjoy your newly painted front door! Remember, proper preparation and attention to detail are key to achieving a smooth and durable finish.
Can I paint my front door without removing it?
While it is possible to paint your front door without removing it, it may be more difficult to achieve a smooth and even finish. Removing the door and laying it flat can make the painting process easier and more effective.
Can I use any type of paint for my front door?
It is recommended to use a high-quality exterior paint that is specifically designed for doors and trim. This will ensure a durable and long-lasting finish that can withstand the elements.
How often should I repaint my front door?
The frequency of repainting your front door depends on several factors, including the quality of the paint, the climate in your area, and the amount of wear and tear on the door. Generally, it is recommended to repaint your front door every 3-5 years.
Paintingincolour specializes in professional painting and decorating services in Dublin. Whether you need your front door painted or a complete interior transformation, our experienced team of painters and decorators can help. Contact us today for a free quote and let us bring your vision to life!
Robert Martinak is a Painting Technology Specialist with over 30 years of experience in the field. He is based in Dublin, Ireland and has extensive knowledge and expertise in the application and management of painting projects.