Painting Internal Doors: A Beginner’s Guide

Even if it’s a slight change, a freshly painted interior door can fully transform the look of your home. You may opt to paint the door an accent color to gets warmer to a room or to refresh a discolored or damaged finish with a fresh coat before ready to hang internal doors. Since doors are the primary entry and exit points for your house, paint them last to ensure that the paint finishes are not interrupted and that the job is done properly. When you look around your house, you’ll find that door surfaces differ a lot: some are totally smooth, others are paneled, and still others have intricate molding. Similarly, the way these door designs are decorated differs slightly. (Painting an exterior door has its own set of challenges.) If you’re painting an interior door, whether it’s paneled or smooth, follow these expert tips. Solid wood and hollow-core doors react best to the painting techniques described below. After sanding and before painting vinyl-covered or plastic doors, you’ll need to add at least one coat of primer. Choose a long-lasting paint finish with a semi-gloss or glossy sheen that can withstand daily use and cleaning.

Start by sanding the door’s surface after removing the door’s hardware. For the cleanest result, you’ll need a smooth, even surface to paint on. Sanding the door would also eliminate any existing paint or coating, making it a safer surface for the paint to adhere to. An electric sander could be used, but we kept it easy and used a sanding block. Wipe away dust with a tack cloth until the surface is smooth.

Start painting the inside hinge edge of a flat door and work your way around the door in one direction. Start at the bottom and work your way up the inside, through the header, and down the striker side. For better power, use a brush in this tight room. Often, avoid putting too much polish on your brush all at once. Drips are noticeable when there is too much paint. This technique helps the roller to apply paint to the surface easily and uniformly while maintaining a wet edge and a smooth finish. Allow to dry.

It’s close to painting a paneled door. All hardware, including the doorknob, should be removed. Sand the door’s surface like you would a flat door. To get better control near the detailed edges and corners of the paneled frame, we suggest using a sanding block. To remove dust, clean the surface with a tack cloth until it is smooth. Starting with the upper left-hand panel, paint each panel in sequence down the door face. Start by painting the edges of each panel with a paintbrush. Because all will be painted over anyway, it’s good to paint a little outside the lines here. Fill in the middle of the panels with a 4-inch roller after the edges have been lined. Paint the stiles in between the panels until all of the panels have been finished. Paint the vertical stiles in the middle first, then the horizontal panels. Paint the two remaining outermost vertical stretches of your door’s surface to complete it.

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