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Monday, 14 March 2011

How to Paint a Door

You are probably on our website looking at wall stickers as you have recently decorated a room or are just about to re-decorate. So I thought that maybe you would like a few tips and hints from a professional so I have enlisted the help of Jen Pashby who is my local painter and decorator. If you are a regular DIYer, no doubt you'll already be familiar with these techniques, but those of you who have never picked up a paint brush this could be the information you need to start on your own project. 


Heres what you'll need: 1.5" Brush, Undercoat and Gloss, Sand paper, Dust sheet, Scraper and a cleaning cloth.

Put the dust sheet down, prepare woodwork first by removing any dirt or grease. Then finish prep by filling and sanding any dents or flaky paint. A wise thing to do is to paint the door frame behind the door so that you can then open it to paint the rest.

When Painting a standard door, start at the top and work your way down. If you are painting a panelled door, you may find it helpful to follow these easy guidelines and photos.


A. First Panels

B. Then centre vertical surface (stile), leaving the outside stile until last.


C. Then the horizontal flat surface (rails).

D. Lastly the outside vertical stile.

An easy way to remember is to always follow the grain of the wood. Try not to overload the brush and always check for drips !!!

NOTE: New untreated wood should be primed first before undercoating.

THE PAINT THE TOP OF THE DOOR ARGUMENT!
The old school decorators would tend not to paint the tops and the bottoms of the doors, as it is believed that the wood can then be left to breath. Doors are often already painted from factories and can sometimes not be made from solid wood. The other argument is that it stops the expansion of the wood.

MY RULE IS IF IT IS PAINTED ALREADY THEN PAINT IT IF NOT DON'T.

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