The Hamilton Guide to Preparing and Painting a Door

Providing a panelled door with a showroom finish is actually much easier than you think. There are a handful of steps to consider which will enable your door to truly shine. Let us take a look at how this can be accomplished.

 

Painting a door

 

Tools 

First, you will need a Prestige bristle sash brush and a normal flat Prestige bristle brush. The sash brush will be used to "cut in" the inlays within the panels themselves. Its round shape will also "hug" the profile of the inlays; allowing you to easily paint the corners without missing any spots. The flat-bristled brush is then used to feather in the flat areas (such as those raised within the panels as well as the surface sections of the door). Due to the width of the sash, this brush is also chosen to minimise the time needed to cover these areas. 

 

Preparation

Make sure that the door is clean and dry. Wipe away any dust (particularly within the inlay corners). If the surface is rough, it is a good idea to take some fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out any areas that may otherwise cause the finish to appear blotchy. 

 

Technique

There is a discrete process to paint a panelled door. First, work on a full panel at a time, left to right, top to bottom, leaving the horizontal and vertical areas. Start top left and use the sash brush for the inlay, then finish the panel by using the flat bristle brush to cover the main flat area, then once done, move onto the next panel


The horizontal areas will be painted first. As before, these will be addressed from the top to the bottom of the door. Finally, the flat vertical sections will be coated. You will paint from left to right; finishing up on the side of the door that has hinges.

 
This is the fastest and most efficient way to paint a panelled door. Never forget that depending upon the colour and the type of paint, it is quite often that you will require two coats.


Watch out for our video on glossing a panel door with water-based gloss coming soon!

 

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