How To Paint a Door

Add curb appeal with this weekend project

How To Paint a Door

Door: Billard Green (PPG1139-7)

Front doors have become the new accent wall

Painting a door is an easy weekend project and a great way to convey your personality. Welcome guests to your home by painting a bright or bold color on your front door, or make a statement by painting interior doors a surprising color.

TIME: 1–2 Hours
TOOLS NEEDED: Sandpaper, Painter’s Tape, 1–2” Angled Brush, Roller
SHEEN: Semi-Gloss or High-Gloss

Step 1

Door: Black Magic (PPG1001-7)

Step 1

Clean and scuff sand both sides of door.
WARNING! If you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. Contact the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD, or log on to

Step 2

Remove from hinges and place on flat surface; remove knobs, plates and locks or block off with painters tape.

Step 3

For a flat door, use a roller for the main part of door and an angled brush for sides. Do not paint door in direct sun.

Paneled Doors

Door: Fragrant Cloves (PPG1199-7)

Paneled Doors

If your door is more decorative and includes paneled detailing, there are a few extra steps you need to take:

  • Use an angled brush first to paint inside the recessed areas
  • Use roller for flat surfaces, first down center, then across door finishing with down the sides to smooth it all out
  • Use an angled brush to finish outer edges of door

Let dry per package instructions. Allow the door to be left open/off the hinges to dry for as long as possible. Though it may be dry to the touch, with a semi-gloss or gloss paint, you will most likely experience blocking if re-hung prematurely.
Please refer to the Product Label, Technical Data Sheet (TDS) or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for safety and detailed application instructions.

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