Want to know how to paint a door like a pro? With a few simple tips, painting interior doors is a breeze and will give you the professional finish you're looking for! It's pretty amazing what a difference a fresh coat of paint can make.
- Wood or Boat paint
- Painter's tape
- Paint roller & brush
- possibly. Wood filler
- fine sandpaper
- Cleaning cloth
- Thinner as a degreaser
- Newspaper or painter's fleece to avoid paint blobs on the floor
1) Select a color for the paint
Which color is right for me? White room doors often add brightness to the room and almost always match the color of your furnishings. You may also want to consider painting your doors a color other than white - interior doors in dark black or gray are a nice choice! However, there are no limits to your creativity; To find the right color, please use our overview of RAL colors.
2) Prepare your door
The processing and especially the drying of boat paints should not take place below 10°C. This information refers to the paint material, substrate and room temperature during processing and the subsequent drying and curing time.
The success of any paint job begins with good preparation. You can either paint your doors in place or dismantle them and paint them on two trestles at another workstation. It is recommended to remove door handles and hinges - this is easier than painting around them. If you don't want to unscrew these, tape the handles and hinges with painter's tape. The door lock should also be removed so that it doesn't stick. The lock is attached to the rebate side of the door with two screws. Simply unscrew this with a screwdriver and remove the lock.
If you are repainting an older door, you will first need to fill in any grooves or imperfections with wood filler, sand those areas smooth, and then lightly sand the entire door with fine sandpaper. Use a cloth to thoroughly remove the sanding dust.The surface must also be clean, dry, free of grease, silicone and wax before use. Important: Do not use soapy cleaners or scouring milk, as these are made from fatty acids and are therefore not suitable for dissolving grease. Lacquer thinner is best.
3) Paint your door
Now it's time to paint! Using brushes and a small paint roller is recommended as this will get the job done quicker and the result will be a much smoother finish. If you are working on trestles, be sure to let the paint dry completely before turning the door over and painting the other side. Pad the trestles with cloths to avoid scratching the new layer.
We recommend one or two coats. Allow the paint to dry in about eight hours before roughening it slightly again, wiping it off and applying a second coat.
Once your second coat is dry, simply rehang your doors and reinstall the door hardware. Done!