How to Prep an Exterior Door for Painting - Matt the Painter

How to Prep an Exterior Door for Painting

Painting the exterior of your property is quite different than painting the interior. You will need to prep the walls first and make sure that the older paint coats are removed before you start applying a fresh coat. On top of that, you also have to take the weather into account. If there’s excessive dust blowing in the air, it’s going to ruin the wet paint very quickly, which means that taking protective measures is also necessary. Due to the complications involved in painting the exterior of your property by themselves, many people instead prefer to hire a professional exterior painter. But, before making any such decision, you have to evaluate the pros and cons first. Here are the pros and cons of hiring a professional exterior painter for the job. Pros A professional exterior painter will give you a timeframe for the work and make sure that they stick to it. If you are planning on renovating your place, this will make it easier for you to plan and schedule accordingly. Hiring a professional exterior painter will bring some amount of predictability into the decision-making process, as you will have an idea of when the work will be completed so that you can move on to other stages of the renovation process. A professional exterior painter will bring all of their own tools and know how to paint the exterior walls properly. They will also recommend to you the different types of paints that are regarded as the best for outdoors use. A professional exterior painter won’t make mistakes when painting the walls outside. If the weather is bad, they will put up a protective layer around the walls to ensure that dust doesn’t cause issues with the wet paint. There’s no physical effort required on your part if you decide to hire a professional exterior painter. You don’t have to worry about climbing up tall ladders in order to paint the walls properly. The professional painter will do everything on their own and you just have to pay them the fixed fee. Cons The fee charged by the professional exterior painter is generally proportional to the size of the building. Therefore, if you live in a bigger house, you will need to pay a sizeable amount for getting your place painted. On top of that, you will also need to purchase the paints separately. If you were to paint the walls by yourself, you could save a significant sum of money in the process that could be used for other things. There’s no guarantee that the painter will actually do a good job or not. Many painters often take on such projects to make some quick money, even though they don’t have any practical experience in painting the walls. You have to be very careful when hiring any painter and make sure that you check their work history before hiring any painter for the job.
The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Professional Exterior Painter
August 16, 2017
what to do with old paint
What to Do With Old Paint?
September 10, 2017
Show all

How to Prep an Exterior Door for Painting

Exterior Door for Painting

Many people do not know how to properly prep an exterior door before they start painting it. As a result, the paint doesn’t look very good, and on top of that, it starts flaking and fading away very quickly. Within a few months, you will start noticing cracks on the exterior surface of the door, and smaller flakes will begin to fall off. Prepping an exterior door for painting is the most important stage. Anyone can paint the door, but very few people know how to actually prepare it before starting the painting process. Here are a few tips on how you can prep the exterior door for painting.

Take Off the Hinges

Painting a door that’s fixed on its hinges is a bad idea. There’s a big risk that some of the paint will splatter on to the door frames as well. Get a helper to hold the door as you unscrew the hinges carefully. You have to work patiently to remove all of the hinges and then take the door and place it in an open area. Next, you need to cover the handle (or remove it altogether if you know how). Make sure that you cover any additional hardware on the door with a two-inch blue painter’s tape, at least, to ensure that there’s no splattering on it later on.

You need to lay the door flat on the floor, support it with chairs, or lay it on a sawhorse. It’s important that you use drop cloths to protect the floor and the chairs. Do not use your dining chairs or lounge chairs, as the risk of splattering is pretty high. A drop cloth is also important as removing paint from carpet and other materials can cause damage.

Removing the Doorknobs

Even though most people prefer covering the hardware on the door with painter’s tape, it’s better if you remove the doorknobs and any other hardware altogether. To do this, you should take a small screwdriver and carefully unscrew the locks. Make sure that the door is unlocked before gently removing the door lock from its frame. Do not apply a great deal of force, as there’s a high risk of scraping the indentations and causing damage.

Removing Dirt and Grease

The exterior door is exposed to environmental elements throughout the year and becomes quite dirty over time. In order to get a smooth paint finish, you have to make sure that you remove the oils, dirt, and grease that has become lodged on the surface of the door. To do this, you first need to mix a mild TSP solution. You might need to purchase a degreaser as well if you notice a lot of grease on the door. Before you start working, it’s important that you put on gloves and goggles. Taking such safety measures is important when working with chemical solutions. Chipped paint or bumps on the door surface need to be smooth before you paint; you can achieve this by using a 180 grit sandpaper.

Comments are closed.