What you'll need
- Medium grade abrasive paper
- Lint-free cloth
- Primer and paint
- Small mirrorr
- Hammer and screwrivers
- Paintbrushes (25mm and 75mm)
- Paint Roller, 'smooth surface' cover paint tray
Mess-free scraping, When removing old paint or stain from a door, keep the messy remnants from sticking to the scraper by periodically applying nonstick cooking spray to the blade.
Before painting, straighten out minor warping in a door by adding an extra hinge. Or remove the door, place it on sawhorses, and lay a heavy weight on the bowed section to correct the curvature.
For paint-free hardware, cover each hinge leaf with a piece of packaging or masking tape, trim the excess, and then paint without spatters or runs.
Bottom up. To paint the bottom edge of a door without removing it, apply a generous layer of paint to a scrap of carpeting wide enough to hold comfortably with both hands. Then slide the carpet under the door and rub it back and forth to coat the bottom edge.
Colour correct, Paint the door edge the colour of the room into which it opens.
Remove lockset hardware, sand door with medium grade abrasive paper to dull glossy paint, then wipe away any dust. Clean the door with a lint-free cloth, and prime it if necessary.
2Use a mirror to inspect the bottom edge of the door to be sure that it has been painted or sealed. If not, take out the hinge pins, remove the door, and apply a sealer. Paint the door’s edges first, using a 25 mm brush
Paint a panel door, one side at a time, in the following order. First paint the moulded edges of the panels (using a 25 mm brush), and then paint the panels themselves (using a 75 mm brush).
TIP: When painting sliding doors, complete one door before starting the other. With flush doors, work from top down.
Use a clean rag to wipe off excess paint that has dripped onto the vertical stiles and horizontal rails. Using a 75 mm brush, paint the centre stile next, but only the areas between panels. Then paint the rails, feathering the edges where you meet a already painted area. Finish with the two outside stiles
When the door has dried, paint the trim with a 25 mm brush. On the in-swinging side, paint the architrave and the jamb up to the stops the colour of the in-swinging side of the door. On the opposite side, paint the second colour on the architrave, the remaining jamb, and the stops themselves
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