how to paint metal front door

how to paint metal front door
Tools Needed
1 Gripper Primer
2 Exterior Paint
3 Paint Roller
4 Roller Tray
5 2 Inch Angled Brush
6 Stirrer for the Paint
7 Paint Stripper
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Materials Needed
1 Stripping Gloves
2 Sandpaper
3 Scraper
4 Drop, Clean-Up Clothes
Total Cost
$25-$75
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Estimated Time
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Skill Level: Beginner
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Project Overview

painting a metal front door

You may think of painting walls in different rooms of your home, arts and crafts but you may not have considered painting a metal front door. This type of door gets drilled by the sun every day and the metal may get very hot. Through time, the pain is going to start peeling off your door. In just a couple years after painting it, the door may look like a cracked egg all over. When others come to your home, they won’t be all too thrilled. Some people say that lighter paint is going to help with this.

However, if that isn’t something you want to do, you may need to try out different things before finally figuring it out. There are many paints and primers out there so you may need to mix and match until it is just right. The one thing to remember is that you should only pain when there is shade and not when the sun is fully out.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Prepping Your Door

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If the door already has been painted, the steps for this will vary based on how well that paint has held up. If the current paint hasn’t peeled or cracked, you may just need to sand and clean it and then apply the new paint. If the current paint is peeled or cracked, you may need to use the paint stripper to get that paint off. You can use a heat gun if need be as well. If you are using the paint stripper just make sure you aren’t damaging the metal door. You can also choose a chemical stripper too. This can be messy but it needs to get done before you get the new metal front door paint applied.

2

Sanding The Door

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You will then need to sand and wash your door to make sure it is clean. All the current, damaged paint should be wiped off. You will sand the areas that need it with your sandpaper. This will be needed if the paint just won’t come off. Then you will wash the door with cleaner and make sure it is thoroughly rinsed. Let it fully dry before you prime and paint.

3

Priming The Door

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Priming is going to be your next step. You will apply one coat of your primer to the flat metal front door surfaces. The angled brush will be used to get any panel spots that have not been covered. Before, you move onto painting, let it fully dry. Keep in mind that if you are using a darker colored pain for the metal front door, the gripper primer. Sometimes the primer can be added to the paint as well. If that is done, you won’t need that many coats to cover the door.

4

Painting

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You will begin this step by rolling one coat of your exterior metal front door paint over the entire door. Again, your angled brush will be used to cover any areas that are hard to reach. Let that coat fully dry before moving on. Once that coat has been dried, add your second coat lightly and let that layer dry. Do any touch-ups if need be. Remember to be safe and read the instructions on the paint for any warnings. One of the common warnings is this:

If you are scraping, sanding or removing paint, it can lead to dusty lead. This is toxic and can cause serious health issues like brain damage. This is especially true for pregnant women and children. It is recommended that you wear a mask over your face while painting. Clean up the painting area carefully when finished.

Conclusion

If you want to paint a metal front door, these are the steps you will need to take. This is not a very tough job but one that you should think about before jumping into. You will need high-quality primer and paint to make sure it won’t peel or crack within a couple years. Be sure you aren’t painting the door in direct sunlight. It should be a shady area so the heat doesn’t crack your paint. There are many paints and primers available and you will surely find one that will work. Sometimes this is a trial and error project. Keep in mind of the color you are painting with. If at all possible, try your best to stick with a paint color that is lighter since those ones are much less likely to crack.

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Questions And Answers

How much does it cost to buy and install a new front door?
Most stronger, longer-lasting front doors will run between $350 and $750 plus. If you want a higher quality brand, the cost may be a bit more. In addition, if you want someone to install the front door, this would vary based on contractor rates but may be around $200.
What is a good feng shui color for the front door?
Your entry door, in feng shui, is how your house is able to receive energy for nourishment. The energy quality determines the energy that your home has. Often, the color you choose is based on the direction in which your door faces. For example, North, South, West, East.
Can you paint a vinyl front door?
Yes. You could paint your vinyl front door. However, you need to complete the adhesion process first. Once you have prepared the door, you can use an additive or primer, to assure the job is done properly.
What is the best color for a front door?
There is some logic, along with some science, in color selection. A color wheel is the best place for you to start choosing your color. You can mix various colors quickly and easily to find the perfect color scheme for your entry door and the exterior of your home.
How much does it cost to install a door frame?
A lot of the cost of your door frame will depend on what the current frame looks like. For example, rotting wood would be most costly as things need to be repaired and replaced. For a single door frame, you will need to plan for a minimum of $150.
What color should your front door be if it is facing north?
If your door is facing North, feng shui colors for your door are as follows: blue, white, black, and gray. You should avoid the color of deep pink, purple, orange, yellow, green, red, and brown on a front door that facing North.
Do you need to paint a fiberglass door?
Yes, you should paint a fiberglass door. The edges are generally already primed, so they can be painted. If you choose not to paint these doors, they may start rotting or delaminating. The edges are usually made from wood which is why they may rot if not painted.
What color to paint a north facing front door?
The two best colors for a north facing front door are gray and white. You could also paint this door black, blue, gray or white. You should not paint a north facing front door purple, red, yellow, brown, green, pink or orange.
How much does it cost to install a Prehung door?
To install a prehung door, the price may vary a bit, depending on the brand and other factors. If you want someone to take away your old materials and install the door for you, it may cost an average of $350. The door alone may cost an average of $200.
What does it mean to have a black door?
If you have black door, that signifies great things about you and your home. It can stand for authority, power, sophistication and strength. Anyone who goes by or comes over will know you are serious about protecting your home and your family members too.
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