How to Paint an Exterior Door — by Home Repair Tutor



hi everyone its Jeff with home repair tutor and today I'm going to share with you how to prep and paint an exterior door why is this important well your exterior door is the thing that leaves a first impression with people who visit your home so the tips today I think are really going to help you out with this project and that's why you should watch this video let's get to it when you're painting a door well at least when I'm painting a door I always like the paint the detail work first for example all the different details in this window and if you have panels on the door I like to paint the panels first as well and then I'll show you what I do after that but first do all the detail work I love Purdy brushes because they're just fantastic they last forever they're a little bit more expensive but you're totally worth it if you're going to be doing work on doors or windows primarily due to the fact that they're great at cutting in if you get a tapered brush for a door like this which has panels in it so one two three four panels in it I like to paint the panels first and the reason why is because then I can watch the panels as I paint larger sections of the door for paint drips so if the if the panels because they have corners in them have paint drips or there's paint accumulating in a corner I can wipe it with my paintbrush while I'm painting the larger sections of the door so I'm standing on this side what I would want to do is paint start with this panel first okay paint the whole thing load your paint brush up about a half inch the 3/4 inch of paint on it paint the interior section first then I would paint this section so I'd start with this panel and move to this one because I'm standing on this side of the door that way if I paint this one I can move closer and closer to myself instead of reaching over already painted areas in the door with the inside of the panel painted now I can paint the top the top portion okay I like to get a good coating of paint on the top then I go back and I smooth out all of the brushstrokes that I made with a nice smooth and light brushing the smooth and light brushing eliminates a lot of the brushstrokes and hopefully the float roll because I'm using that today will help make the paint job look that much better with the four panels painted I prefer to do the four sides of the door next so the bottom the right side the top and then the left side which has the deadbolt in the door handle so why is it that I want to do those four sides of the door before you do the main parts well primarily because if you do have any paint drips you can touch them up and the part of the door that people see the most is obviously the front so if there's one spot that you don't want to mess up it is the front of the door nobody's going to see the top and the bottom and the left on the right side but if you do these last it's going to mess up your paint job after painting all four sides of the door the bottom top left and right side you want to start at the top and work your way to the bottom why do you want to do that you want to work your way from the top to the bottom because any drips will be noticed at the top more so than at the bottom so if you finish at the bottom you have the capacity the control drips more and make your paint job look better okay so starting at the very top I like to paint horizontally across any kind of windows like this especially since it's in the top 1/3 or 1/4 of the door so paint horizontally first all right and then work your way down to the next section the next section work your way down painting vertically down to the next section that is the next section is right here once you get down to here right here now you have to switch it up and pate horizontally again because this is how the human eye tracks the door from left to right or depending on where you're standing from right to left it so you don't want to brush like this you want to brush across it like so okay so brush across it again when you get to this intersection point just go down the next section of the door is mostly vertical so one two three what you want to do is paint vertical so again here like so and then when you once you get to here at this intersection point again paint horizontal like that but what I like to do is paint this vertical section this vertical section and this vertical section first before you get to this horizontal section once you get to the middle section of the door what you do now again very much like the top is simply paint horizontally but again don't cross this intersection point between the vertical section and the horizontal section that you're painting if you do it's not a problem just smooth it out like so and then at the very end what I like to do is try and use long strokes and using a light touch smooth out the paint this is the bottom third of the door so you do the very exact procedure that you'd be doing the whole time you paint vertically for long vertical sections like this side of the door and you go to the very bottom of the door like I'm doing here okay so you get to the very bottom you paint vertically and then finish off that section with long smooth strokes okay so I'm going to paint this vertical section this vertical section and this vertical section oh by the way I'll repainted this one once you get to the bottom section of the door you paint horizontally and you finish off your project so I am a klutz and I did get some paint on the window let's see if the rain-x works now keep in mind this is latex paint so it should come off but honestly I think putting rain-x on the window is a great idea just in case if you're like me you get paint all over glass so give it a shot I think you could totally help you out I hope this video really helped you out and shared some good ideas on how to pay an exterior door so here are some big takeaway tips number one float all does work I did my little experiment and the brushstrokes are definitely not as evident with the float roll side versus the regular painted side all the Valspar did an awesome job of covering the whole surface of our exterior door second takeaway is don't paint the mortises or where the lock sets go inside your door you're going to have a hard time putting the lock sets back in place and if you paint the mortises and the door jamb the hinges aren't going to fit properly so don't do that third takeaway is this if you're going to be painting whatever you do make sure you prime the surface even if the paint says that has primer in it if you're painting bare wood or bare surface make sure that you use primer and the fourth takeaway that I found out which was new to me is that make sure that you test the moisture percentage in any bare wood that is outside your house that you're going to be painting and make sure that that moisture level is around 15% or so so again I hope this video helped you out have a great day you

22 Comments

  • Snow G

    April 14, 2019

    Why paint white door white? Better to give it some new color.

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  • Cheryl Sims

    April 14, 2019

    I have a door like that but the window grids are between the glass. I'm painting the door red but wondering if I should paint the outer window trim red, also, even though the grids have to stay white?

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  • larry5200

    April 14, 2019

    Use a fast drying paint. You can’t leave the door open all night to dry.

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  • WSMDSA

    April 14, 2019

    how very strange.

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  • Donald Sincennes

    April 14, 2019

    Great video! Yes your right paint the half moon first! It’s all about the prep! Many tips on how to paint a door properly! Very good paint brush, paint and floetrol additive! Check out this new innovative tool called the Richard gooseneck flexible paint extension! Absolutely incredible! Cheers!

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  • Carmen Frazier

    April 14, 2019

    Thank you for sharing this video.

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  • Cadena Ek

    April 14, 2019

    I made it myself. Just got instructions from woodprix website and I'm ready for do it 😀

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  • Jesica Romano

    April 14, 2019

    what kind of paint did I need to buy for painting the front door

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  • Adam Collins

    April 14, 2019

    One tip that should be noted. Painting a door in full sun even if its flat can leave brush marks, as the paint will start set before it has a chance to flow out. If you must, keep the door in a shaded spot until ready to start painting.

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  • cwrowe

    April 14, 2019

    Foam roller is the best

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  • JustinTime

    April 14, 2019

    all you have to do is scrap it with a razor slowly and was window down with Windex clear.

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  • JustinTime

    April 14, 2019

    lol hit the door with a 3/4 roller for a smooth finish the cutting is good and well used brush but a roller will be a smoother outcome for a great finish

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  • Markus Kaser

    April 14, 2019

    did you really just painted a white door white?

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  • pasisovi

    April 14, 2019

    There are loads of excellent brushes over there for a fraction of the price of a Purdy. I have tried many brushes in my professional life and have found Purdy is just overrated – just marketing work.

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  • Jean White

    April 14, 2019

    What kind of brush did you mention?  It was hard to hear at that point in the video.
    jmw

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  • Jimmy jim jim

    April 14, 2019

    Why use such a small detail brush instead of a small roller ?…Save the little brush for the window mullion…..A 6 inch roller would leave a smooth even texture…..Every time….

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  • Geffrey Theriault

    April 14, 2019

    thanks for tips but cant barely see the paint color your using

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  • Chris Adrian

    April 14, 2019

    OK, sorry.  Priming was mentioned, but a demonstration for we "intellectually challenged" viewer(s) (Me) will be helpful.

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  • Chris Adrian

    April 14, 2019

    What about prep work (sanding, scraping, priming, rust removal for steel doors)?

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  • Justin Abar

    April 14, 2019

    Thanks for the tips!

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  • Ron Fazekas

    April 14, 2019

    It's a lot easier with no paint on the brush.-If it's a warm day, I wouldn't do all the panels until I've done the rails and stiles up to them, so that the paint can still be feathered in.–If the door is a different color than the interior trim (assuming like most doors it opens in) you want to paint the hinge side the door color and the knob side the interior trim color.-Also, I,m still a believer in oil-base for doors and trim using Penetrol.

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  • marc g

    April 14, 2019

    What a clown!

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