How to Paint a Front Door

Whether you have a traditional wooden door, a modern composite door, or a UPVC door, painting is a practical and rewarding DIY project. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process, including how much paint you need, the best time of the year to paint, which paint to use and tips for achieving a flawless finish. Remember, you can choose our doors in Inverness in a variety of different colours to avoid painting them!

How to Paint a Front Door in 7 steps

When it comes to choosing the best residential front or back door for your home, there are several factors to consider, particularly when selecting front, back, and patio doors. We will cover each of these in the next section.

1) Gather supplies

  • High-quality exterior paint in your chosen color.
  • Sandpaper (medium grit).
  • Paintbrushes or foam brushes.
  • Painter’s tape.
  • Drop cloths.

2) Choose the right time

In Scotland, it’s ideal to paint your front door during the drier and milder seasons, typically in late spring or early summer. Avoid painting on windy or rainy days to ensure proper drying and adhesion.

3) Prepare the Door

  • Remove the door if possible, or protect the surrounding area with drop cloths.
  • Clean the door thoroughly to remove dirt, dust, and any existing flaking paint.
  • Sand the surface to create a smooth and paint-friendly texture.

4) Apply Primer

For wooden doors, apply a high-quality exterior primer to promote paint adhesion and enhance durability. Allow the primer to dry completely.

For composite doors and UPVC doors, applying primer may not be necessary, as these materials are often designed to be low-maintenance and paint-ready. However, it’s crucial to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and guidelines for painting these specific door types. 

Skip to step 5 if you have a UPVC or composite door

5) Tape & Protect

Use painter’s tape to protect glass panels, handles, and any other areas you don’t want to paint. Cover the floor or porch with drop cloths to catch any drips.

6) Paint the Door

  • Stir the paint thoroughly before application.
  • Apply the first coat evenly with a brush or foam brush. Start from the top and work your way down.
  • Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat.

7) How to Avoid Brush Marks

To achieve a smooth finish without visible brush marks:

  • Use high-quality brushes or foam brushes.
  • Paint in the direction of the wood grain.
  • Work quickly to blend brush strokes while the paint is still wet.

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How to Paint a Composite Door

Clean the Door:

Wipe down the composite door thoroughly with a mild detergent solution to remove any dirt, grime, or contaminants.

Light Sanding (if needed):

If the surface is smooth and in good condition, sanding may not be necessary. However, if there are imperfections or an existing finish, a light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper can enhance paint adhesion.

Choose the Right Paint:

Select a high-quality exterior paint suitable for composite materials. Look for a paint specifically designed for doors and trim.

Apply Paint:

Use a brush or roller to apply the paint evenly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding drying times between coats.

How to Paint a UPVC Door

Clean the Door:

Thoroughly clean the UPVC door with a mild detergent solution to remove dirt, grease, and any surface contaminants.

Light Sanding (if needed):

UPVC doors are generally smooth, and sanding may not be required. However, if there are imperfections or a glossy finish, a light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper can improve paint adhesion.

Choose the Right Paint:

Select a high-quality exterior paint formulated for use on UPVC. Look for a paint designed to adhere well to plastic surfaces.

Apply Paint:

Use a brush or roller to apply the paint evenly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for drying times and the number of coats required.

Important Tips for Composite and UPVC Doors

Ventilation:

Ensure proper ventilation during and after painting to allow for the dispersion of fumes and hasten the drying process.

Temperature Considerations:

Choose a mild day for painting, avoiding extreme temperatures. Most paints have recommended temperature ranges for optimal application.

Drying Time:

Allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next one. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding drying times.

Avoiding Brush Marks:

Use high-quality brushes or foam brushes to minimize brush marks. Work quickly to blend brush strokes while the paint is still wet.

Common questions about painting a door

How Much Paint to Paint a Front Door?

The amount of paint needed depends on the size and material of your door.

Generally, one litre of paint is sufficient for a standard-sized front door. However, larger doors or those with intricate designs may require more.

How Long Does it Take to Paint a Front Door?

The drying time depends on the type of paint and the weather conditions. In Scotland, it’s advisable to wait at least 24 hours before applying a second coat or closing the door.

If the idea of painting doesn’t appeal to you, consider that our doors are available in a variety of colours. You can choose from a range of stocked colours designed to complement different building materials. Additionally, you can opt for a custom finish in any RAL colour.

Following these steps and tips ensures that you achieve a professional-looking finish that withstands the Scottish weather for years to come. If painting isn’t your preference, explore the array of colours and finishes available when selecting a new door.