How to Paint a Door

The doors in your home act as accents, perhaps highlighting and accentuating your home's most interesting features. Because of this, they are often painted with higher sheens, which naturally draw the eyes to their glossy surface.

For Best Results:

Work on doors from top to bottom.

Allow enough time for the paint to dry fully before putting doors back into use. Otherwise, they will stick together.

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Brush (2"-2½")

  • Bucket

  • Vinyl Gloves

  • Ladder

  • Paint Can Opener

  • Rags

  • Sandpaper (150-220 Grit)

  • Stir Stick

  • Step 1

    Use a brush for painting in a small panel.  You can use a brush over the entire surface to avoid the appearance of roller stipple.

    Tip: As with walls, work on the door from top to bottom.

  • Step 2

    Allow enough time for the paint to dry fully before putting doors and windows back into use. Otherwise, they will stick together.

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What sheen do I need?
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The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project.
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BEHR PREMIUM ALL-IN-ONE WOOD CCCC
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The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project. Only available in store at Home Depot.
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BEHR PREMIUM ALL-IN-ONE WOOD CCCC
The 9 in. x 1/4 in. Polyester Adhesive Roller Cover has a hard texture, making it ideal for applying all types of adhesives to smooth surfaces. It can be used for stippling and applying sand paints.
The following product(s) is recommended when stripping is needed.
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