J'edith Exum
J'edith Exum
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Asked on Oct 7, 2017

Direct Sunlight on Front Door

BijousEbbjdlJanet Panos
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My front door gets direct sunlight daily, causing everything I put on it to melt or fade. The paint is fading and now portions of the door is actually melting. Any help or ideas are greatly appreciated.

8 answers
  • Bijous
    on Oct 7, 2017

    What is the door made from?
  • Inetia
    on Oct 7, 2017

    If you have a screen door you could attach a silver reflective blanket too it. If your door is painted a dark color your could change it to a color that reflects rather than absorbs heat. Maybe some kind of canopy that shades it.
  • Janet Panos
    on Oct 7, 2017

    Hello! Here are some ideas to erect your own awning! And one of them is a $10 corrugated awning! Looks easy enough to put together — check it out:


  • Sharon
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Get either a wood or metal door. I would put an awning over the door to screen it, cheapest is corrugated polycarbonate panels. I would paint with marine epoxy paint.
  • Janet Panos
    on Oct 8, 2017

    You’re welcome! Hope it works out for you!
  • Bijous
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Ah, probably got acrylic paint on it and maybe some exterior putty.

    The door needs to be stripped down to metal. I use marine stripper. It works great. It's easier to work on a flat door, so take it off the hinges and remove all hardware. Fill any holes or dings with bondo (a two part epoxy normally used for cars; you can find it at the big box stores in the paint section or at any car parts store). Sand bondo smooth. Once stripped and filled and dry, use tac cloth and wipe down-- use exterior oil paint. Nothing works better on metal. If red is your color and you can't bare to paint it a light color, just know that red in beating sunlight will fade (no matter the paint). But it will be years before it's really badly faded. And the bondo will not melt. Good luck.
  • Ebbjdl
    on Oct 9, 2017

    Is your door metal, or wood? If it's metal, you can buy paint for metal doors, and it won't peel or melt. Call Homedepot or Lowe's paint department and ask about the paint and tell them your door faces west, and you get the sun most of the day. Could they recommend a paint for the door. You might have to strip or use primer, before you paint.
  • Bijous
    on Oct 10, 2017

    Metal you need to strip. I use marine stripper. Much faster. Follow the directions. If you can't remove the hardware or the door (I like to work on them flat) take your time and mask everything off well. Don't let the tape overlap any part of the door. Paint with oil. It lasts longer and is better on metal. I use furniture sponge rollers. If you insist on red know that any paint, oil or latex will fade over time in direct Sun. But the oil will last longer. Good luck.
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