How to Paint Your Front Door: A Guide on Oil-Based Gloss

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One of the most effective ways of improving your home’s curb appeal is by painting your front door. This is a part of your home you see every single day and is one of the first things visitors will notice. If you’re looking to sell your home, you need to do everything you can to improve its curb appeal. If you’re going to paint your front door yourself, you need to make sure you follow the best practices and the highest-quality paints. Here at Paintmaster, we can provide oil-based undercoats and oil-based gloss paints.

If you want to paint your property’s front door to a professional standard, you need to make sure you have access to oil-based gloss trade paints. Painters and decorators use different paints to those usually available to public customers. Paintmaster provides high-quality trade paints to both public and trade customers. If you’re looking for specialised oil-based gloss paints to improve your home’s curb appeal, get in touch today.

A Guide on Painting Your Front Door with Oil-Based Gloss Paints

If you want to paint your home’s front door to a professional standard, make sure you follow this guide. By following these steps and advice, you’ll be able to create a high-quality paintjob with as little stress as possible. Using this guide, you’ll be able to create a professional finish on all kinds of doors, even those with flaking or cracked paint.

1 – Remove All Door Furniture

Before you get started, you need to make sure that your door is clear of all furniture. Door accessories can get in the way of creating a smooth, even paintjob. They can also end up covered in paint, which can have a negative effect on your home’s curb appeal.

Using a screwdriver, make sure your door is completely freed of:

  • Door Handles. 
  • Door Bells. 
  • Letterboxes and Cat Flaps. . 
  • Visible Hinges. 
  • Peep Holes. 
  • Deadbolts and Exterior Locks. 

By removing all door furniture, you’ll be able to paint your surface evenly and professionally. In some cases, you’ll need to remove the door from the door frame. As such, it is often better to start the project early in the door, so you’ll be able to replace it later in the evening.

2 – Clean and Repair Any Damage to The Door

Once the door is free of obstructive furniture, you need to make sure it is clean of potential dirt and debris. The presence of dirt can cause the final painted surface to be uneven. Using a diluted detergent and clean water, eliminate all dirt from the door’s surface.

If your door has been painted before, particularly if it has started to crack or flake, you need to remove it. Using a flat scraper, you’ll be able to remove all kinds of cracked and flaking paint. Follow this up with a thorough scraping (using medium-grade sandpaper) to ensure all paint and other treatments are removed. You should also scour the door with fine sandpaper to eliminate coarse surfaces which can lead to uneven painting. Depending on the kind of paint, this can take either a few minutes or even a couple of hours to completely remove the previous paints. Some oil-based gloss paints are resistant to damage and will adhere to the surface for a great deal of time. This can make them harder to remove.

If your door has any cracks, holes or other issues, you can use a multipurpose filler to resolve them. This filler can be piped into the damaged area. When dry, use your sandpaper to create a smooth, even join with the rest of the door.

Once you’ve sanded the door, take care to wipe the door down with a damp cloth. This will ensure all dirt and dust, in addition to any fine sand left behind, is removed.

3 – Covered Exposed Surfaces with Oil-Based Undercoats

An oil-based undercoat can be applied to all kinds of wood and plastic surfaces. This treatment will ensure that the door will accept the high-quality paint in an even and professional manner. Oil-based undercoats can also be used to add an additional layer of protection to your door. If your front door is made of wood, this can help to prevent warping, swelling and other conditions over the years.

Using oil-based undercoats is extremely important. Not only will these substances provide long-term practical benefits, they can improve the quality of the painted surface. By using high-quality undercoats, you can ensure that oil-based gloss paints adhere to the surface that much easier.

4 – Paint the Door with Professional Standard Oil-Based Gloss Paints

Here at Paintmaster, we can provide a complete range of oil-based gloss paints for use on your front door. Using professional standard exterior oil-based gloss, paint any raised door panels first. Once they have an evenly painted surface, paint the rest of the door. Take care to move the paint brush in one direction, to prevent the front door’s surface from becoming uneven and discoloured.

If you’ve used the undercoat correctly, the oil-based gloss trade paints that we can provide should only require one layer. This will lead to an even surface and a high-quality paintjob. Using industry-leading oil-based gloss paints and undercoats can be a simple way of creating a truly professional surface to improve your curb appeal.

You should make sure to choose a simple oil-based gloss colour which suits the rest of your property’s exterior. Darker colours, including blacks and browns are often a popular choice. However, bolder colours are increasingly becoming more popular amongst home owners. Bright reds, whites, yellows and even blues are becoming more and more popular. Throughout 2018, home owners have continued to grow bolder and more confident with front doors.

Shop Oil-Based Gloss Paints and Undercoats with Paintmaster’s Experienced Team

If you’re looking for professional standard oil-based gloss for your front door, get in touch with our team today. Here at Paintmaster, we can provide a complete range of standard colour paints, in addition to mixed colours to suit your needs.

For more information on any of our paints, or for more advise on how to apply them to a range of surfaces, get in touch with our team today. You can reach our specialists directly by calling 01663 733633. If you’d prefer, you can email any questions or concerns that you might have to and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.