Pick the Color
First things first, you have to decide on a paint color! If you are stuck between several options, try taping different swatches of paint colors to your door. Then stand back and see which color is your favorite.
Check the Weather
Do not paint if there is rain in the forecast or if there is high humidity outside. Clear, dry weather is optimal for exterior paint jobs. Humid weather makes the paint take longer to dry, keeping the door sticky.
When you are ready to start painting, remove any hardware from the door. This is to ensure a cleaner paint job and keeps the hardware clean. Sand the door to ensure the paint goes on smoothly.
Add a Primer
Depending on the original color of the door and the color it is going to be painted, ask a professional if the primer should be clear or tinted. Tinted primers are better for dark colored doors that are being repainted.
When painting the edges and details of the door, use a smaller brush. For the flat part of the door use a standard roller brush. This will give a cleaner paint job. The door might require several coats of paint. Let the door dry fully between coats and before reattaching it to the hinges.
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