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Makeover Your Front Door for a Powerful First Impression

Makeover Your Front Door for a Powerful First Impression


front door makeover




Your front door is more than the entrance to your home. It is a crucial design element in curb appeal and a great place to add a splash of color. Renewing your front door with fresh paint is a great weekend project. Here are the steps on how to do it right.


One of the biggest challenges in painting your front door is scheduling the time for the project. During the project you are preparing the door, painting, and applying in between coats, all while your entry will be open. Ideally, you would take the door you are painting down, and place a temporary door in its place. Most of us don’t have a spare door laying around we could use. Because of this, we recommend using a latex paint that dries fast to minimize the dry-time between coats and shutting the door.


painting your previously painted door


Remove the Door or Paint in Place?


First, you have to decide whether you want to remove the door from its hinges or paint it in place. This is personal choice on how you want to work. Some people will find it much easier to remove the door and place it on saw horses, but these steps will also work well if you decide to leave it in place.


Prepare the Door


Start by removing the door handle, lock, and deadbolt assemblies. You can also protect these with masking tape, but it is much easier to get a nice finish not worrying about going around these. Thoroughly clean the door to remove all the dirt, dust, and hand oils that collect over time. To get the smoothest finish possible will require some elbow grease. Carefully sand the entire door surface starting with 120 grit sandpaper and finishing with 220 grit sandpaper to remove all the dings, dents, and rough spots. Make sure you clean off any of the dust from your door before you begin to paint.


Protect parts of the door you don’t want to paint with masking tape and masking paper. Also protect the floor if you are painting the door in place with drop clothes or plastic.


tarting to Paint開始粉刷

No matter what, we recommend applying a primer first. It minimizes problems, and our Diamond Prime Universal Primer is a great choice. It promotes adhesion on tough to stick to surfaces, minimizing the potential for peelin. It also has stain blocking pigments that help block imperfections from reappearing in your finish coat. For flat doors, applying the primer by a roller cover is a great way to ensure a smooth finish. A great choice is one of the microfiber or foam roller covers. If you have a paneled door, a combination of a brush and roller cover is the best choice (see below for more information on how to paint a panel door).

無論如何,我們都建議先涂底漆。它能把問題最小化,我們的Diamond Prime Universal Primer(底漆)是一個不錯的選擇。它可以促進堅韌的表面粘附,最大限度地減少剝落風險。它還具有防污顏料,可幫助阻止缺陷重新出現在面漆上。對于表面平整的大門,通過滾筒涂抹底漆是確保表面平滑的好方法。最好的選擇之一是用超細纖維或泡沫進行輥涂。如果你家的是鑲板門,則刷子和滾筒蓋的組合是最好的選擇(更多關于如何粉刷鑲板門的信息,請參閱下文)。 

After giving the primer enough time to dry, you can move on to applying the finish. In most cases, Diamond Prime Universal Primer can be coated in 2 hours, but it depends on temperature and humidity.

給底漆足夠的時間烘干后,你可以繼續涂漆。在大多數情況下,Diamond Prime Universal Primer(底漆)可以在2小時內涂上,但它取決于當時的溫度和濕度。 

For the finish, SureFlo Acrylic Latex Enamel is an outstanding choice and is available in a satin or gloss sheen. It has incredible flow and leveling, making it extremely forgiving in creating a smooth, even surface. Anti-sag properties also make it much easier to apply, especially on paneled doors. SureFlo can be recoated in 4 hours, allowing you to apply many coats in a day. In most situations it dries to the touch in as little as 30 minutes. We recommend allowing the paint to dry as long as possible before closing the door to minimize the chance of it sticking to the frame. SureFlo does have built-in block resistance reducing the likelihood of it sticking to other painted surfaces, but it takes at least 24 hours for the block resistance to fully develop.

對光澤度來講,SureFlo Acrylic Latex Enamel是一個杰出的選擇,它有絲光和亮光兩種光澤。它具有令人難以置信的流動性和流平性,使其非常容易形成光滑,均勻的表面。防凹陷特性也使它更容易應用,特別是在鑲板門上。 SureFlo可以在4小時內重新涂覆,使您可以在一天內涂上許多層。在大多數情況下,只需30分鐘即可干燥。我們建議在關閉門前盡可能長時間地將油漆干燥,以盡量減少灰塵粘在邊框上的機會。SureFlo確實具有內置的阻擋阻力,減少了粘附到其他涂漆表面的可能性,但它至少需要24小時才能完全表現出來。

Remember, paint dries faster in higher temperature, lower humidity, or when exposed to direct sunlight. Avoid painting in these conditions when possible.


painting paneled doors粉刷鑲板門

Painting paneled doors can be challenging unless you start with a plan. Begin by using a brush to paint the recessed areas of the panels. Then, using either a brush or a roller, paint the faces of the panels, followed by the rails and stiles of the door. Try to minimize painting into partially dried paint film to reduce unsightly brush or roller marks.




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