Whether home or office doors, whether front doors or luxury internal doors, the doors in our homes and workplaces often take a great deal of wear and tear on a daily basis.
Because of this, that even, beautiful paintwork can wear, chip and split over time, which can make your doors look older and more worn out than they are.
Whether you are giving your internal doors some much care and attention, changing the door’s colour and finish to match the redecorated room, or to provide a room with a new accent, shade or texture.
With all of this in mind, here are some top tips for refinishing and repainting an internal door
5 Tips – Refinish and Repaint an Internal Door
Place Newspaper Down First
Before you start to repaint an internal door, make sure the space around and below it is adequately protected by covering it with newspaper. This not only stops any errant paint from staining your floor or carpet but also stops grime, dirt and oil from the old door from ruining it too.
Clean Off The Old Layer First Before Repaint an Internal Door
Much like with wallpaper, you need to remove the old layer of paint from the door first before you start painting.
There are two main reasons for this; the first is that paints can be very thick, and too many layers of paint can stop the door from closing properly or can cause the finished product to look uneven.
More importantly, sanding the door down either with a sander or a sheet of fine sandpaper helps the paint to stick better, meaning that you can use lighter coats and get a more even finish.
As well as this, sanding down a door to reveal its grain gives you the option of using lighter coats, paints or lacquers that enhance the natural beauty of the wood.
Brush With The Grain
Whilst there are many ways to paint a door, but the best and most even results are when you paint in the same direction as the grain.
This means that different techniques work best for different doors. For more straightforward, flat doors with no inlays or mouldings, this generally means painting from the top of the door to the bottom in even strokes.
For doors with multiple parts, inlets and mouldings, match the paint with the direction of the grain, which means that certain horizontal pieces are best painted from left to right.
Two Thin Coats Or One Thick Coat?
There are different schools of thought as to whether it is better to build up paint gradually by painting a relatively thin coat, letting it dry and then painting a second coat, or instead of using a very generous single coat.
Typically, one thick coat is fine if you are looking for an even coat that will cover up the grain completely, whilst two thin coats allow for a more detailed finish but also will take twice as long.
Both are perfectly fine techniques depending on the ultimate finish you are after.
Edge, Mouldings, Panels
For the best, most even finishes, doors should be painted in a specific order, starting with the edges, before moving onto the inlays and mouldings, before finishing with the rest of the door surface.