Awesome Painted Exterior Door Ideas 32
Awesome Painted Exterior Door Ideas 32

30+ Awesome Painted Exterior Door Ideas

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When you’re looking to paint your exterior wood doors, any old paint that might have lying around in the garage just won’t do. You need to choose the right kind of paint specific to your door, taking things like the present condition, pre-treatments, and type of wood into consideration.

In addition, the paint you choose must be able to withstand a lot of abuse since it’s going to be exposed to the elements 24 hours a day. It’ll need to stay fresh and new looking through many a rain and snowstorm. Read through the guide below to determine how to paint the door you have according to its history and condition.

If it’s a brand new door that has never been painted, you’ll need to start out by coating it’s exterior with a water-based latex primer, and then add your top coat. Latex provides a blister-resistance that will help keep your paint from bubbling and cracking.

If your door has already been painted, but it’s free of blemishes (including cracks, mildew and flaking), you’ll need to apply two coats of paint: either oil-based or latex will work. However, if you know that the paint that was previously applied was oil-based, you’ll need to use a primer before adding your two coats of paint.

Cracking and flaking are inevitable after many years of using your exterior wood doors. These unsightly blemishes occur from the surface of the wood expanding and contracting along with changes in the weather. This causes stress on the paint’s surface, which will eventually result in a crack. Large cracks cause the paint to flake off.