Asked on Jul 27, 2019

How can I repaint a PVC exterior door?

LynBijousKen Erickson


I believe that’s what it is, I know it’s not wood, but has grain like wood. Anyway, it was brown when I got it, but paint is scratching off and door underneath is white. I’m painting my home in shades of blue and would like the darker blue on the door. What would I use to strip the paint and repaint it?I’ll be doing this to both sides, and I live in SE Wisconsin, but interior will have be the shiny washable white. TIA

4 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Jul 27, 2019

    I'm not sure you can use stripper on vinyl think it would melt it. I'd lightly sand by hand to get any peeling off. Prime with a bonding primer rated for exterior. Paint with semi gloss latex exterior paint. On inside do the same but use your interior white paint. Have fun

  • Ken Erickson
    on Jul 27, 2019

    It is probably a fiberglass coated door. Clean and remove major old paint and follow Kelli's suggestion.

  • Bijous
    on Jul 28, 2019

    Hi Lyn. Fiberglass doors are great! No warping and don't get hot like a metal door.

    1. If at all possible, take the door off the hinges and work on it flat.
    2. Use a stripper and get the old paint off. Otherwise, since I suspect it was not prepped correctly, it will continue to peel.
    3. I like Zisser primers. Use an exterior one.
    4. Use a good exterior paint.
    5. Hang door.

    Happy DIy'ing! Stripping Paint From Fiberglass | This Old House

  • Lyn
    on Jul 28, 2019

    Thanks you guys for the suggestions, think I’ll go with Kelli’s suggestion of sanding, priming and painting.

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