I want to paint my doors and to replace the hinges, but it is not
clear what order to do it in. If I paint first, I might muck the door
up when the it off the hinges. Otherwise, I'll have a lot of taping to
do. Any suggestions?
What do you mean by muck the door up? You lay it on a table or saw horses,
remove all the hardware, and paint the side facing up and the edges. You
wait for the paint to dry (twice as long as whatever lies are on the paint
can). You flip it over, and paint side #2.
Never paint doors or door jambs with the hardware in place. There's nothing
more amateurish and sloppy looking than painted door hardware.
I door have a table or saw horses, so I was thinking of painting the
door while it is hanging with old hardware, the take it off and change
the hardware. Is that a bad idea? (I agree about the painted hardware.)
You'll get MUCH better results if you lay the door flat, especially if it's
a door that sees lots of traffic, like an exterior door. I did my front
(exterior) door that way using some high quality oil-based paint (Devoe)
many years ago. It dried with a glass-like finish, and it still looks that
The trick to making it last is letting it dry thoroughly, which, in my book
means "when the smell is gone". Reinstalling doors requires lots of
handling. If the paint's not REALLY dry, you'll end up with fingerprints.
No - just don't. Seriously. Is this an exterior door, important for
security? If so, it would actually be worth your trouble to buy a sheet of
3/4" plywood, some small right angle brackets, and screw it in place to make
the doorway secure while the door's in surgery. Obviously, this assumes you
have another way out of the house. You can always use the plywood for
something else later.
And, don't use bargain paint. Look for Devoe or Martin-Senour. It might cost
you $30.00 a gallon, but when it's done, you won't care.
After I painted my doors, I told the owner of the hardware store how nice
they turned out. He said "Why didn't you tell me you were doing doors?", and
showed me this little bottle of some sort of additive that's supposed to
take the finish closer to that of a piano. If you really wanna get nuts like
that, you might call around to some paint stores and see if the stuff still
By the way, if you try and clean paint off the hardware while it's attached
to the door, whatever chemical you use to clean it will probably affect the
new paint. And, it'll be in a place where the paint contacts the door jamb.
The chemical might make the paint sticky again. Every time you close the
door, the paint will stick to whatever part of the door jamb it comes into
contact with, and come off in little chips. Then, you can start all over
again. Or, hang yourself. :-)
On Feb 28, 2:01 pm, email@example.com wrote:
You never get as good a job painting on a verical surface as you do
horizontally. When it counts, do it right. Note that the fussier auto
body shops will often paint hoods and doors that way and that's the
reason. A little more work for a better result. HTH
On 28 Feb 2007 12:55:00 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I like another approach. Pre-drill one hole top dead center to hold a
10d finish nail. Two holes at the bottom for the 10d nail - evenly
spaced, so your hands are comfortable.
Insert the nails. On sawhorses you can rotate the door holding the
bottom two nails and spinning the door as the top nail rest on the
bench.. Saves on drying time, pulling hammered nails later as these
can be removed easily.
Standing is the other choice, as you say.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas A. Edison
I've made temp supports for painting by driving small nails through a
scrap ply piece. I'd paint the inside of a door then turn it over and
paint the exposed side.
On Wed, 28 Feb 2007 20:13:08 GMT, "Art"
Change the hardware first. Your door probably won't hang the same, so
you may have to sand or saw the edge, or perhaps route out where the
I just bought new pre-humng doors and installed them. Some of the
doors were "standard", which came with bright brass hardware, and some
doors were "custom order" which I had bronze hinges put on. When I
got bronze hinges (that looked almost the same as the bright brass
ones) and put em on, the doors did not fit correctly. I had to sand
2, and actually saw 2. I had to route out several hinge depressions.
After removing the hardware and painting the doors, I had overlooked
the fact that the paint has thickness, and so I had to take most of
the doors down to remove the paint that I had carefully painted under
Mask your hiinge areas when you paint.
On 28 Feb 2007 11:37:51 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
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