Painting doors is unlike painting any other wooden surface. This is because most doors have a wet edge. The door needs to be painted section by section, and if they aren’t joined before the coat dries, the result will be terrible. Because of the many meticulous steps of painting doors, you may find it extremely tough to DIY. So, it’s best to hire a professional to conduct such service. These experts can finish the task in one sweep, painting as fast as possible. If you do it on your own, the door will surely show hideous lap marks. If you don’t want to waste money on painting doors over and over again, better seek the help of an expert.
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Materials for painting doors
Special materials are needed for painting doors. If you hire a professional you don’t have to worry about these hard-to-secure materials. A professional uses 100% acrylic paint most of the time. He uses Latex paint on painted doors covered with latex paint or oil-based paint.
Professionals have trained eyes which can easily detect doors painted with latex or oil-based paints. DIYers usually commit the mistake of painting doors coated with oil-based paints with latex. This is a costly error as it results in chipping and flaking.
Other items that an expert will use in painting doors include Varnish, Brush, Paint roller, Roller pan, Sandpaper, Cloth to remove sand dust and drop cloth. These are paint-proof, and unlike the newspapers and regular cloths DIYers use. These items will allow paint to seep into your floors.
Working on paneled doors
Paneled doors have intricate designs, which make it difficult to paint on your own. For this reason you should hire a professional who can do this task in half the time.
Take a look at the steps involved…
The first step in painting doors that are paneled is to apply coating at the moldings surrounding the recessed panels. While doing so, a professional makes sure that the paint does not pool up in the corners. He’ll also see to it that paint does not migrate to the cross rails of the doors.
Next, the expert will work on the horizontal cross rails. When painting doors and its cross rails, an expert will apply paint inwards toward the moldings. By doing so, the edges will be given a sharp pattern. He will then apply thin coats of paint at the vertical tiles, which are near the rail ends.
He will finish the project of painting doors by applying color to the tiles and the vertical center rail. He will coat the doors in an inward motion, with the end of every brush stroke headed towards the panel mold. He will apply light color in a parallel fashion when coating the portion where the cross rails meets the rails.
Working on flush doors
When painting doors such as a flush one, a professional can do so without detaching the door. This door has a smooth surface, and compared to other doors, painting this one is relatively easy.
A DIYer’s first instinct is to remove the door, which can lengthen the painting process. If you don’t want the trouble of detaching and attaching doors, then you should give the task of painting doors to a professional.
A professional’s first step is to remove the designs attached to the door. The technique of professionals with painting doors is finishing by sections. He will initially apply paint to the first section of the door. He will then apply paint towards the edge of the door, so the color does not leave ugly marks on the external door angles. After painting the first section, he will go ahead with the second section. Once the first 2 sections are finished, he will apply horizontal brushstrokes starting at the first area, to the second area, in order to blend the colors. When painting doors such as this one, an expert will lightly apply the coat for best results.
After the first two sections, an expert will proceed to the lower blocks. Again, he will blend the sections well by applying light coats of paint vertically.
What makes a professional great in painting doors is his technique of completing all the sections immediately. He knows how to finish the work fast or else it will look like it has ugly, hard lines.
Working on doors with glasses
Painting doors with glasses is a complicated task. A DIYer, who has no experience with painting doors, will most likely stain the glass.
For these doors you need the help of a professional. The first thing he will do is attach masking tape to the glass, making sure that at least three millimeters of glass near the wooden door is covered. He will put a paint shield on the muntin or glazing bar and at the molding as he applies the paint. An expert will make it a point to clean the shield frequently to prevent it from smearing the door.
Varnishing wooden doors
Apart from painting doors, a professional can also apply varnish on it to make it look better. With a lint-free cloth soaked in varnish, he will apply it on the bare wooden door, along the grain. Once dry, he will use a sandpaper to smooth out the surface of the door and use a cloth to remove the dust.
For the second and third coats of varnish, he will use a brush to apply the coatings, again with the grain.
Why you should hire a professional
DIYers can look all over the net for steps on painting doors, but unfortunately they won’t be able to perfect the process, because it takes years of practice to become good at it.
One of the advantages of hiring a professional is that he can go ahead with painting doors without detaching them from their hinges. If the situation calls for it, he can detach the door, and he can lay it against the wall or across a series of workbenches.
When painting doors made of wood, a professional knows that he needs to apply color according to the grain. He will ‘lay off’ according to the grain without dipping the brush again in paint. He will then finish the task by painting the wood in accordance to the grain.
In painting doors, time is of the essence. A professional is very efficient; he can paint the doors immediately and bring together the wet edges right away.
An expert in painting doors can also use different colors per side. He will color the latch edge with the paint of the door on the back side. As for the hinge edge, he will paint it in the color of the door on the front side.
Doors are designed differently and uniquely. But even with these difficulties, an expert in painting doors can overcome them with relative ease. So if you want to change your door’s hue, seek a professional right away.