Door Painting & Staining Port St Lucie

Benefits of Painting Your Doors

Almost every inch of your home requires some amount of maintenance, including your front door. Painted doors are prone to chipping over time, and can require touch-ups. Additionally, you may be ready for an entirely new look from time to time.  

Taping paint chips to your existing door is one way to choose a color. If you have narrowed down the selections to two or three choices, you may also want to purchase small samples of paint to compare a larger swatch of the colors next to one another. Be sure to look at the swatches at different times of the day to see how the color changes as the light brighten and dims.  

For a single exterior door that has been primed, you’ll need approximately one quart of paint. If you do not have a glass or storm door that stands between your door and the elements, you’ll want to make certain you use exterior paint. While you can choose any finish, glossy paints are typically preferred for doors and trim, because they stand out and highlight these architectural features. They also tend to stand up to nicks and scrapes better than flat or eggshell paint, meaning they last longer. The most important thing to note is whether you have latex- or oil-based paint. This is especially important for touchups, as you never want to paint oil over latex paint or vice versa. The type of primer you use also needs to match the type of paint you use (latex or oil-based). 

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For one primed exterior door, you’ll need at least one quart of paint. Be certain the label states the pail contains exterior paint, not interior paint. Since your door will be exposed to rain, sun, wind, and other elements, you’ll need a flexible and mold-resistant exterior paint. The most common kinds of exterior door paint are acrylic resin or latex-based and with a semi-gloss finish. 

 Latex-based exterior paint is the most flexible type and is quite popular. It fills in larger imperfections on a door’s surface and resists cracking and chipping. Paint with a semi-gloss is extremely popular because it’s easy to clean and can contrast nicely with other colors on the home’s facade.

Other exterior paint options include convenient all-in-one varieties, which eliminate the need for applying primer. Although less common, richly colored oil-based exterior paint is also available, which features a high-gloss finish that will make the design pop. Oil-based door paint is also significantly resistant to chipping and dries quickly.

If you would rather not worry about choosing the right paint type, call our professionals. We can help get your door painted professionally and beautifully!

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Basic Steps of Door Painting & Staining

Painting a door can be seriously hard work. We recommend that you remove the door and all of the hardware. Wedge a chisel or flathead (or cabinet tip) screwdriver in the joints between the hinges and the top of the hinge pins and then lightly tap the screwdriver handle with a hammer until the hinge pins come loose. Pull out all the pins and then have someone help you carry the door outside to a pair of sawhorses. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the rest of the hardware, being careful not to strip the screw holes.

Outdoor paint can take some time to dry, so make sure that you have a temporary replacement to protect your house. You can use an existing storm door, a tarp, or even a large piece of plywood to close off the area.

Old wooden doors generally need sanding and priming. To get a smooth working surface, scrape off any peeling pieces and sand down the old paint until the surface of the door feels even all over. Start with a medium 120-grit piece of sandpaper and then work your way up to 220-grit paper. If the door still feels rough to the touch, finish with a fine-grade 320-grit paper. Always wear a dust mask and safety goggles when sanding door paint.

If the door has cracks, repair them by dabbing small amounts of caulk onto the cracks and working the caulk in with a putty knife. Let the caulk dry and then sand the repaired spots until they’re smooth.

Get rid of any dust from sanding before priming. Vacuum away extra dust and wipe the door with a tack cloth. Dampen the cloth with mineral spirits to remove stubborn dust.

For painting: 

Brush on a single coat of primer with a wide paintbrush, covering the front and all side edges of the door. Primer prevents the door from absorbing moisture and helps smooth out its texture. Once the primer has dried on the front of the door, flip the door over to prime the back. If the primer drips or goes on chunky, lightly sand the surface to smooth it out. 

Once the primer has dried completely, stir your paint. Paint the door from the top down, using a wide brush for corners or crevices and a small roller for flat panels. Make long strokes with the brush, and clean any visible lines on the front of the door with a dry cloth. Just as with the primer, let each side of the door dry before turning it over to work on the other side. Add at least two coats of paint to the door, using three or more if you want to increase the color saturation.

Paint the door sections in this order: bevels, panels, center stile, rails, and outer stiles.

For Staining: 

You will want to sand off all old stain or paint from the door. Choose a stain you like. If you are unsure, you can always test a small section or use comparable wood to place stains next to each other to gauge color depth. Once your stain has been chosen, paint it on as you would regular paint, wiping excess off as you go to get and even look. 

Let your front door dry before reinstallation. Once the paint no longer feels tacky to the touch, replace all hardware and have someone help you reattach the door to its frame with the hinge pins. Make sure to align the hinges together while replacing the pins.

Now you’re ready to enjoy the clean look and added resiliency of a freshly painted front door. Painting interior doors is a similar process that’ll give your home a clean, new look.

Doe this seem like too much work? Are you afraid of making a mistake or simply don’t have the tools, time, or skill level to get the job done in a way that would make you proud? That’s what we are here for! Contact our team to get a quote.