How do I paint large front double doors without taking them down?


I have two large front entry doors that are in need of sanding and painting. I would love to know if there is an easy way to paint “all” of the trimming and the doors without having to remove them. I know taking them down is the effective way to finish them, but sometimes someone knows an easier and efficient way of doing things.

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  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Dec 07, 2018

    Rtyler...You can use Frog tape and tape everything off that you do not want painted. It takes time but really works well. Good luck!

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Dec 07, 2018

    Hi Rtyler! I hate rehanging doors. Yes, it's easier to paint when they are taken down, but, I hate putting them back up. So, painters tape, dropcloth and removing hardware make it a project you can do neatly and well. It's quicker and neater taking them down and painting them (and sanding) flat. I have done both, and if you have someone to help you, there are more options, like spray painting if you take them down. If my husband is helping, I do take them down. Just prepare your space, make sure you take your time and go light with the paint so you don't get drips.

  • William William on Dec 07, 2018

    No need to remove the doors.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Dec 08, 2018

    Rtyler,. You can roll the doors, and use paint tape to cover the trim. Take the paint tape off, then cover the doors. Aloha!

  • I've never taken a door down to paint it. Just leave them open a few inches while the paint dries. If you live in a cold climate, it's best to wait until it's warmer. Paint dries really slowly in cold weather.

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 03, 2021

    Hello Rtyler, you can easily do this by using masking tape and newspaper to cover the stuff you don't want to paint.