Tips for Painting Doors
Posted By
Stacy Risenmay
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Materials Needed: 
  • Super Finish Max
  • Tarp
  • Paint
  • Damp rag
  • Sandpaper

Project Steps


About 4 years ago I painted my interior door navy blue and I have loved having non-white doors. Call it the 4 year itch, but I decided to switch things up and paint my doors a dark gray.

There are two ways you can approach this projecct. You can do it the "fast" way by skipping the prep or you can do it the right way (which really doesn't take that much extra time). I'm going to share my tips on how to paint doors!

Step 1

Remove Hardware

I know it is tempting to just grab a brush and got to town. But prep work is key. Take the door down off its hinges and remove the door knobs and any other hardware.

I keep the hinges attached to the door frame so it is easier to hang the door again when I am done. Put the screws and hardware in a bag so you don't lose anything. 

Step 2

Sand, Repair, and Clean

Lightly sand the door. Use sandable, paintable wood putty to fill any dents or scratches. When the whole thing has been lightly sanded, wipe the doors down with damp rags. Clean them really well and then let them dry.

Step 3

Protect Your Work Space

Lay out a tarp to protect your workspace. I like to lay the doors down so I stack plastic totes to use as a base. Laying the doors down makes it easier to paint and helps avoid drips.

Step 4

Paint with the Super Finish Max

Use a quality paint since doors get a lot of wear and tear. I have used a brush in the past and while you can get decent results, it takes forever and is such a pain when there are details and panels.

Ever since I got my first paint sprayer, I have been spraying doors and will NEVER go back! Not only is it so much FASTER, it gives such a smooth finish that you just can't get by brushing. I used the Super Finish Max and never had to refill the paint because of the large, 40 ounce capacity cup. 

Step 5

Allow to Dry, Replace Hardware, and Enjoy!

Once both sides have been sprayed and have completely dried, you can hang the doors and add the hardware back on. I am super happy with the finished project! The warm gray looks perfect with the original brass knobs. 

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