Refinish a Door
Doors are an overlooked accent, whether it’s a closet door or the front door.
WHAT TO USE
- KILZ® Premium Primer
- Drop Cloth
- 4 Bricks
- 1/4" Nap Paint Roller
- 100-150 Grit Sandpaper
- 180-220 Grit Sandpaper
- Paint Brush
- Can Key
- Stir Stick
- Damp Cloth
- Paint Tray
WHAT TO DO
Remove hinge pin then remove door from frame.
Sand the door. Sanding your door well, before priming and painting, is the right way to do it. Sanding will create a smooth surface that will help your paint to look great. When sanding, do a first pass with 100-150 grit sandpaper then finish with a second pass of 180-220 grit sandpaper. Remember, the higher the “grit" number, the smoother the finish.
After sanding, wipe down the surface with a damp cloth to remove any dust or residue. Primer and paint won’t stick to dust. After wiping, allow the surface to dry before moving on to primer.
Tape around any hardware on the door that you don’t want to get paint on, like the doorknob for example. Real pros would remove the doorknob before painting, but let’s be honest, that’s not what’s happening here is it?
Apply a primer. When painting wood doors you should always use a primer first. Primer will help protect your door, and it will also create a smooth base to help you get better adhesion and truer color from your paint. When applying primer, just as you did with the sandpaper, move in the same direction as the wood grain for best results.
Allow the primer to dry before flipping the door over and doing the other side. 2 hours should be plenty.
Apply paint in exactly the same manner as you did primer.
Allow 2 hours dry time*, then apply second coat.
Remove tape prior to the paint drying completely. It’s way easier to get off. After that, rehang door, then hope nobody walks through it for a while because now is a great time to take a nap.
*Dark colors and high humidity areas may have extended dry times.
Start fast and finish beautifully.