Asked on Mar 17, 2013

Front Door Paint Problem

JeanHelen ParkBlueLine Home Maintenance & Remodeling


We have a steel front door that was painted when we bought the house. We've had the house for 10 years and nothing I do will make the door paint not bubble and peel off. Its looks like it is in a perpetual state of the measles. I've sanding the spots down, primed them, put kilz on works for a while but then the bubbles return. The door gets the full afternoon Arizona sun. Outside of replacing the door (with maybe the same problem), what can I do?
5 answers
  • The door should be stripped down to the metal surface, re-primed and painted. It sounds as though the underlying paint surface is at fault so it needs to be removed. Also if the door is behind a storm door it can also cause the door to overheat and bubble the paint finish. If this is the case, you may want to reconsider using a automobile type of paint and spray it on.

  • I agree with Woodbridge either the original paint is faulty or the heat exposure is literally 'blistering'. And I've fried eggs on the summer Arizona sidewalks! I'd take it to an automotive painter.

  • Jean
    on Mar 21, 2013

    Thanks to both of you! yes, I believe the sun is playing a big part in the problem.

  • Helen Park
    on Jul 24, 2015

    We had the same problem and were told it was because of heat from the sun. We opted to change to wood and never had the problem again.

  • Jean
    on Jul 24, 2015

    Thank you, Helen. We finally just replaced it with a factor painted door. I miss having an off-beat color choice, but at least it is not bubbling.

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