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How to Paint a Door

Adding Personality with Ease

Painting a door is a fun and easy weekend project, and is a great way to convey your personality! Welcome guests to your home by painting a bright or bold color on your front door, or make a statement by painting interior doors a surprising color. Doors have become the new accent wall.

TIME: 1–2 Hours
TOOLS NEEDED: Sandpaper, Painter’s Tape, 1–2” Angled Brush, Roller
SHEEN: Semi-Gloss or High-Gloss

Step 1:

Clean and scuff sand both sides of door. WARNING! If you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. Contact the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD, or log on to

Step 2:

Remove from hinges and place on flat surface; remove knobs, plates and locks or block off with painters tape.

Step 3:

For flat door use roller for main part of door and angled brush for sides. Do not paint door in direct sun

For a paneled door:
– Use an angled brush first to paint inside the recessed areas.
– Use roller for flat surfaces, first down center, then across door finishing with down the sides to smooth it all out.
– Use angled brush to finish outer edges of door.

Let dry per package instructions. Allow the door to be left open/off the hinges to dry for as long as possible. Though it may be dry to the touch, with a semi-gloss or gloss paint, you will most likely experience blocking if re-hung prematurely. Please refer to the Product Label, Technical Data Sheet (TDS) or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for safety and detailed application instructions.

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