how to remove sliding closet doors

How To Remove Sliding Closet Doors
Tools Needed
1 Screwdriver
2 Painters Tape
3 Drop Cloth
Materials Needed
1 Materials For Patching
2 Paint
Total Cost
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Estimated Time
30-45 minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
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Project Overview

How To Remove Sliding Closet Doors

Sliding doors are a great way to save space. They use rollers to move side to side instead of having to swing open like a traditional door. Most closets with sliding doors will have two for each door way. One slides in front and one slides behind the other one when yo open them. You just need a few tools and a couple minutes in order to be able to remove your closet sliding doors for maintenance such as paints or patching.

Step-By-Step Instructions


Determine The Reason

How To Remove Sliding Closet Doors

Before you get started you should know why you are removing the doors. If you need to paint them make sure that you go ahead and pick out the paint so that you can begin once the doors are down. If you need to patch a hole in the door then it is important to have those supplies as well. Repairing a hole will call for a bit of time, work, and tools than painting your door will.


Remove Screws

How To Remove Sliding Closet Doors

Use your screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the bottom track in its place. You will then be able to tilt back a little, then pull it towards you in order to remove it. The bottom is used just for guidance and the wheels are at the top of the trap.


Loosen Wheel Adjustment

How To Remove Sliding Closet Doors

Now, loosen the screws for the wheel adjustment on the top of the first door, on the inside. This will allow the door to slightly lower and create a little gap between the top rail and the top of your door.


Final Steps To Removal

How To Remove Sliding Closet Doors

Finally grasp new the bottom of the door, while holding both sides of it. Pull out the bottom just slightly, at an angle of around 10 degrees. Now, push it up so that they wheels will release from the track itself. You should now be able to pull the door away and remove it from the closet.

You will need to repeat the same steps for the second door that you have. Once the doors are removed you are ready to paint or repair.


Painting Sliding Closet Doors

If you removed the doors to paint now is the time to do that. You should start by sanding down the doors to remove the old paint and give a bit of texture for the new paint to stick to. Don't over sand the doors.

When you have finished sanding you can apply a primer. Apply to one side, let dry, then apply to the other side and let dry. Always prime and paint with the wood grain of the door. Also, check as your prime and paint for any drips or pooling so that you can fix it before it dries that way.

When the primer is dry completely you will be ready for your first coat of paint. You can use a paint spray or a roller to evenly get the paint on. You will likely need two to three coats of paint. Remember to paint the door, wait for it to dry, then flip and paint the other side.

Don't forget the sides of the doors and the top and bottom. You may also find that it is easier to remove the hardware from the door for painting than it is to tape the hardware to avoid getting paint on it, but you can use whichever method works best for you.


Fixing A Hole

Sometimes doors get damaged. If somethings happened to cause a hole in your door the repair process isn't too complicated. The first thing you need to do is remove any bits that are sticking out from the hole. Once you have completed this you can use sand paper to sand down the rough edges. Use a towel to wipe the dust away. Now, using alcohol or another cleaner that is non-residual clean the area you need to patch.

If the core is hollow you will want to place a filler such as paper towels inside the hole. Place it just below the hole, out of sight. Now you can fill up the hole using an insulation foam spray. Allow the insulation time to dry and cut away any excess that remains.

If the damage was shallow then you can use car bondo or even spackle to fill in the damage. Bondo will give you a finish that is hard but you need to remember that it dries very fast and will not be as forgiving as the spackle is.

If your door has a texture to it right before the area is dry you can lightly etch in a bit of texture to help it match the rest of the door. Now, use a fine grit sand paper to lightly sand the area. Once you have finished sanding you should use a clean cloth to wipe the area.

Now look at the repair if you aren't happy with it you can apply a layer of spackle and work at it until you are happy with the finished product. Once you are happy you can paint the patched area to match the rest of the door. Some people would rather repaint the whole door and if you want to do this then you can use the steps above for painting the full door.


Rehang The Doors

Once you have finished your task you can put the doors back in place. To do this use the screwdriver and the hardware that you removed earlier. Place the door back on the track and tighten everything back down.


Make sure that the doors smoothly open and close. Now that the doors are sliding back and forth on the track nicely you are finished and can put away your tools.

How To Remove Sliding Closet Doors

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Questions And Answers

How do you paint closet doors?

To paint closet doors you will need to remove the chipped and old paint. You can then sand the door down and apply a primer. Once the primer has dried you can begin the painting process. Make sure that you allow the paint time to completely dry in between coats.

How do you install closet doors?

The closet door installation process is different for each type of door. You have hinged doors, sliding doors, bi-fold doors, etc. So it is important that you know the type of door you have. Some doors are much easier to install than others, most will require little or no assistance.

What kind of paint do you use for closet doors?

Paint that is latex and water-based is the best to use. This paint will emit less order than a product that is oil-based. A paint with an eggshell or satin finish is going to be somewhat reflective, resistant to moisture, as well as fairly easy to clean.

Are closet doors easy to install?

Closet doors are relatively easy to install, of course, this will depend on the type of door you are installing. Some closet doors are easier than others. Another determining factor of how easy they are to install will be the amount to repair experience that you have.

What types of closet doors are best for the bedroom?

The type of closet door that is best for you bedroom will be based on your bedroom. For example pocket doors, sliding doors, and accordion style doors all are great for small places. Hinged doors do take up more space but seem to be the most common door used.

What size sliding closet doors?

The size of sliding closet doors will vary. However, most of these types of doors will be 24, 28, 30, 32 or 36 inches for the width. The general height for these doors is about 80 inches.

How do you install sliding closet doors?

First, install the frame if there isn’t one. Afterwards, you will install the top track. Then, install the door rollers and brackets. You can then set your door rollers. You will now check for proper leveling and adjust if needed. Install door hardware and floor guide. Lastly, install door hardware.

What is the best color for a closet door?

Closet doors can come in just about any color you would like. There is not just one best color. You should match the color of the closet doors to each room style and color theme.

Is white the best color for a closet door?

White could be the best color for a closet door if you don’t have light-colored walls. If your walls and furniture are darker-colored, white would look great on your closet doors.

What kind of closet door would look the best?

The type of closet door that would look best varies based on the size of your room and the style of the room too. Accordion doors look great in natural and older style rooms. Swinging doors may be best for a basic room.

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