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How to paint a wooden door: sequence of work

How to paint a wooden door

The question “How to paint a wooden door?” for sure, everyone who first starts or plans to independently make repairs on a summer cottage, in an apartment or in his own house is asked. Painting wooden doors is not a difficult task, however, it requires time, patience, accuracy, and, as in all works, a competent approach. Speaking about door painting, the whole process should be divided into several stages: selection of tools, door processing, selection of materials for painting and the painting process itself.


  • Selection of tools for surface treatment of the door
  • Preparing a wooden door for painting
  • Primary door treatment
  • The final stage of preparation – secondary processing


  • The choice of materials for painting
  • Painting a wooden door

    Selection of tools for surface treatment of the door

    Before you start painting a wooden door, it must be processed. To do this, you will need the following tools:

    • manual (portable) grinding machine;
    • building hair dryer;
    • putty knife;
    • screwdrivers or screwdrivers;
    • mounting;
    • chisels;
    • brush or roller.

    A building hair dryer, a grinder, chisels, spatulas and scrapers will be used in the processing and grinding of the surface. Mounting, screwdrivers, a screwdriver are necessary to remove the door from the hinges and remove accessories.

    Preparing a wooden door for painting

    If the door is already used in the house, then before processing it must be removed from the hinges and secured by placing it on a stable table or goats.

    This will save the door and your hands from accidental damage during operation. Also, remove all latches, handles and locks from the door, leaving only a wooden surface for processing.

    painting wooden doors

    preparation of a wooden door for painting – dismantling accessories

    Primary door treatment

    Most of the time during processing will take off the old paint and grinding. To remove the paint you will need a portable grinding machine with coarse sandpaper or a building hair dryer. In the first case there will be more difficulties and debris, since the paint will clog the surface of the emery tape all the time and you will have to change it often.

    door grinding

    Old paint / varnish needs to be removed, preferably using a grinder

    Fine chips and dust from the paint will also create unnecessary problems with cleaning the room. Therefore, it is better to use a building hair dryer to remove paint from a wooden door. Using it, heating small areas of the surface, you can easily remove the swollen paint from heating with a spatula. Accordingly, it is necessary to observe safety rules when working with a hairdryer and from time to time allow it to cool so that it does not burn out.

    After removing the old paint, the door must be sanded. To begin with, you can use a sanding machine with medium sand grain to clean large surfaces of the door from paint residues and sand uneven.

    additional grinding

    sanding a wooden surface

    The final stage of preparation – secondary processing

    The second stage of processing is a softer grinding and priming of the surface. Fine sandpaper must be used in the process..

    At the same time, you can also use a grinding machine to process wide sections of the door surface. The rest of the surface must be processed manually. After processing, the surface of the wood should become smooth. You can check it by touch by swiping your fingers through the wood..

    primer before painting

    wood door primer

    Next, the door should be primed with a special primer so that the paint does not absorb too quickly. It is important to know that this will also avoid a lot of paint consumption. After the primer dries, the door must be sanded again with fine-grained sandpaper. Now the door is ready for painting.

    The choice of materials for painting

    Before painting a wooden door, you should pay attention to the types of paints that exist today.

    Organic solvent based paints used to color wood include:

    • alkyd;
    • acrylic;
    • oil;
    • perchlorovinyl;
    • polyurethane.

    Alkyd paints are inexpensive and are used for both internal and external wood processing. Polyurethane and acrylic enamels form a film on the surface of the wood, which provides resistance to environmental influences, sunlight, wear and long-term color retention. Oil paints are the most popular and often used in the process of painting wooden surfaces. After drying of such a paint, a uniform smooth film is formed, which is highly resistant to temperature extremes..

    paint selection

    paint selection

    Painting a wooden door

    You can paint a wooden door with a brush or a roller. It is harder to work with a brush, because when painting it leaves streaks and streaks. Therefore, it is necessary to brush several times along the surface to be painted and across, thereby smoothing the stripes. Before using the roller, it is necessary to properly roll out the paint so that it lies on the roller with a thin layer. When painting the surface, do not press hard on the roller and evenly roll it out with light movements.

    painting a wooden door with a roller

    painting a wooden door with a roller

    When painting wooden doors, it is worth paying attention to the fact that the first time the surface will not be uniformly painted, and most of the paint is absorbed by the tree. Therefore it is necessary to re-paint the door surface..

    paint the door with a brush

    painting wooden doors

    At the same time, to achieve a smoother surface after the first painting and drying, the door can be sanded manually with sandpaper with the finest grain size, without pressing on the surface.

    Having done all these work yourself, you will not only update the look of the old wooden door, but also save a pretty solid amount of money compared to the cost of buying a new one.

    door painting result

    wooden door design option


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