How to Paint Your Front Door
Boost your home's curb appeal with this easy painting project you can do in a weekend or less.
Use a putty knife to remove loose paint. Clean the door surface with a rag or sponge dampened with water and household detergent. Rinse and let dry.
Fill dings and cracks using a putty knife and wood filler or a quick-drying, all-purpose putty. Let it dry according to the manufacturer's instructions and then lightly sand the door surface with medium-grit sandpaper. Finish with fine-grit, if you wish, for an especially smooth surface. Wipe up sanding dust with a damp rag or tack cloth.
Apply two or three coats of exterior paint color. Paint recessed bevels first with a brush, then use a foam roller for flat panels. Next paint the vertical center stile, then paint horizontal rails between panels, and finish with the outer vertical stiles and door edges.
Let the door dry thoroughly. Reinstall any hardware that you removed and rehang the door (if you took it down).
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