Back to this project again! I delayed doing it.
I got some advice from my mom and it seems very sensible to me. She says
she's done this many times and the trick is a fine grade sand paper then a
small thin brush to apply the paint. Smaller the better as wont show brush
marks. No spray paint.
She uses Latex but has no particular brand other than she's partial to
Sherman Williams for exterior (Thompson's water seal for wood things).
Any other tips? I do not plan to remove the door to do this. I do plan in
2 years or so to have the door and frame removed and replaced with something
nicer (It's the cheapest all white steel prehung done by renters when they
kicked out the nice wood one I had).
Grin, as I plan to color match the front brick paint to the door, do you
know if there is a best pick for an exterior paint that will let me do a
metal door and brick with the same cans? That way I can get 3 gallons of
same dye lot.
The brick was painted long ago so dont even think about blasting it clean
and besides, wouldnt match the siding color well (an almond with red brick?
eek!). It;s a faded dark brown now on the bricks and a nice almond vinyl
siding. All exterior trimwork is dark brown. Door in it's pristine white
sticks out like a sore thumb.
Grin, and such look very nice but cost as much as a new door in this area!
The frame is also white and i'm not about to take out the frame too. Best
solution this time is a temp fix until we can afford to replace the entire
module of screen and door plus frame with something really nice.
Hehehe, actually near us is a fellow who's garage door always makes us
smile. It's got a mural of his house in it's dream state with the perfect
flowers etc. Across from him is a fellow with a mural on his garage, that
shows the butt end of a car and a garage inside.
I've painted several exterior metal doors recently -- the ocean air here
attacks any exposed metal. I use emory paper rather than sandpaper on the
spots -- don't know why I pick emory, just always have. Then I brush on a
primer -- typically Rust-o-Leum rusty metal primer. Then brush on the
I use latex. May take several coats to cover well. Oh, and be sure and
mask off the
hardware since you're not removing the door. HTH
Ok, fine grade stuff. We have some for finishing off wood projects (I've
got several grades, Husband's hobby is finishing off old furniture).
Yes, forgot to mention that coat before the paint.
Yup! Thanks! I know it would look nicer with a powder coating but the
expense here is about that of replacing the door. Other than color and no
peep hole, there's nothing wrong with this door.
We are 25K in repairs here and those trailing cosmetic things such as a
perfectly functional door, have to wait if we can't make a suitable fix
I'd remove it and lay it flat, but that's just me. Last time I did this, I
temporarily replaced the door with a piece of 3/4" plywood which I screwed
in place. There's always a use for a nice hunk of plywood later. If not, it
just feels good to have one. :-)
I did this a couple of years ago. A Stanley steel exterior door that had
been in place for 10+ years. I stripped it in place and got it nice and
clean down to bare metal, removing even the factory primer. Exterior side
only. Then I took it down (put some wedges under it to carry the weight
and pulled the pins) and took it into the garage where I kept it standing
upright. I wiped it down with paint thinner and got it very clean. As I
recall I didn't prime it but used several coats of good quality satin
finish canned spray paint (off white). It came out very nice.
For one day there was no front door and since there is no storm door I had
a plywood sheet cut to size and stood it in the opening, locking it into
place with a few sliding pin latches. I made a few little holes to accept
Replacing the door was very little trouble. I thought it would be worse.
I just stood the door on some supports--whatever was handy--which I played
around with a bit until the height was exactly right and I could slide the
door into position with hinge parts aligning and I pushed the pins back
down; gave them each a tap of a hammer and it was done.
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