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How To Paint a Door

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  • Estimated Time

    2-3 Hours

  • Challenge Level


  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Modern Masters Front Door Paint in Fortunate
    • 2" or 2 1/2" Angled Sash, Premium Quality
    • 1" Angled Sash for Inlays and details
    • Painter's Tape
    • Clean Rags
    • Drop Cloth

Give your door some character with a new paint color! Modern Masters Front Door Paint dries quickly, so you can finish painting your door and have it closed in the same day. 

  1. Clean and dry your door. Paint the door edge first. 
  2. If the door already has painted hinges, paint them again. If they are metal, you can leave them as is.
  3. Next, remove or paint around any numbers, windows, or hardware.
  4. If your door has raised panels, paint the reveals first and then the panels.
  5. Paint cross pieces. Paint the rails starting with the top one working down. Paint horizontally, left to right. The bottom may include weather stripping so try to edge it carefully. 
  6. Paint the stiles (verticals). Make the final brush strokes on the two side stiles go from top to bottom in one stroke.
  7. Wait an hour and then repeat the process. Three coats may be necessary if you are applying a light color over a dark color.
  8. Leave your door open for at least 2-3 hours to dry. Remove any tape. 
Modern Masters Front Door Paint