Exterior Painting Tips: How do I paint my stained front door?

 In Exterior Painting

I was doing a free painting estimate in Westlake earlier today and I received a great question from Rachel, one of our customers, and thought others might benefit from the answer as well. Rachel was wondering about the process to paint her front door and side lights that are currently stained.

Painting doors can be very tricky, especially if changing from a stain to a paint. First, you would need to sand down the surface area really well with medium grit sandpaper. Most stained doors have a coat of polyurethane on top of the stain for protection and a smooth finish. While sanding down to bare wood is not necessary, sanding through the polyurethane coat and scuffing up the surface is required to give the primer something to grip to.

After sanding, we would recommend priming everything with a stain blocking primer to prevent any discoloration bleeding through the top coat of paint. Once the primer has had a chance to dry, one to two coats of paint should be applied. We typically use Sherwin William’s SuperPaint or PPG’s Fortis 350 for doors as they are good quality products but aren’t very thick coatings. It is already hard enough to minimize brush strokes and roller marks on a smooth surface and a thicker coating will only make that more difficult.

Here is a link to a helpful video showing how to apply the top coat of paint while achieving a smooth finish.

Thanks for the question Rachel! We are excited to see you later this week to paint your siding.

If you are planning a painting project, whether on your front door or entire house we would love to provide a free exterior painting estimate.


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