We just received our Exterior doors for the Granny unit and the contractor
does not want to put them up until we seal or paint them. We do not know the
color scheme yet, so we don't know what color to paint. What can I put on
the doors to seal them from the weather, but be able to paint on top of it
The Contractor said to not just use a primer, as primer paints are not
Prime and paint in a neutral color. As long as you pick your 'real' color in
the first year or so, a light sanding and a tack rag should be all the prep
you need to paint over that. By color scheme, I assume you mean the inside?
On the outside, just paint the same color as the doors on the main house-
it'll look funny otherwise.
Assuming you have wood doors? If you have no clue as to color, put on a
sealer and a coat of satin varnish. Leaving a wood door exposed to
elements may warp it, loosen joins, raise grain, etc. If it gets hot
sun, especially behind a storm door, varnish may not last long. Good
idea in that situation to open the window of the storm door a tad to let
also assuming wood-based door, i'd prime with oil, or at least one layer should
also similar to above caution: don't paint exterior woods with dark colors; too
expansion & contraction where sunshine strikes. (reds are "darker" than they
i'm not sure about light absorption differences within the spectrum).
I'm also assuming it's a wood door. Oil primers aren't always better
than latex, but in this case a good oil-based primer/sealer is the way
to go. Make sure it dries flat -- most do, but some dry with a sheen.
Using a flat oil primer will allow you to use a latex finish, if you
choose. Consult your local paint store.
Contractor doesn't want to hang the door because it needs to be 6-sided
-- primed/sealed everywhere, including top and bottom. Always a good
idea [besides the fact that warranties are void unless doors are
A delay between primer coat and finish coat isn't a big problem -- you
want to be sure it's clean [perhaps some light sanding is in order]
before putting up finish coat.
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