I have two metal entry doors that I want to paint but don’t know what’s the best outdoor paint to use for all weather season.
Hello.I saw this on TOH awhile ago I thought it to be very helpful. Perhaps it may address your concerns. I hope this helps!
I would use a exterior enamel, probly a semi gloss so it will clean easy.
If you go to the hardware store they will be able to direct you to the correct type of paint. All you have to do is choose the color!
There are wonderful latex exterior paints without the mess and cleanup of enamel. Ask at the paint counter where you purchase the paint for options. I did mine in latex and it was great to get two coats on in one day. Love the new look.
For metal doors DTM (direct to metal) paint is the best. Sherman Williams does sell it. Metal doors do get hot and cold more than wood. Expand and contract more than wood.
An oil based paint such as Rustoleum will wear best in an outdoor situation.
here is some info for you
I've had great luck with Sherwin Williams and Behr paints that are specifically formulated for metal exterior doors.
Here's a post that might help - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGE_GtD0koU
Hi Donna, they do make some nice colors in the metal paints like rustoleum, just be sure to prep it all properly and your work will last a long time.
I have used 2 methods. Exterior House paint on the outside as well as the inside. I have also sprayed with Rustoleum on the outside. It lasted 9 years before it needed to be resprayed. Easy Peasy.
This may help:
Rustoleum has amazing finishes. You may want to spray seal it with an exterior sealer after applying to last longer.
Thanks everyone for the very helpful tips and videos.
I can’t wait until next spring or summer to paint my doors!☺️
Use a paint designed for exterior use, such as an exterior satin or semi-gloss paint. It is best to apply a minimum of two coats to ensure a consistent finish that will last. Make sure each coat is completely dry before adding another. Here is a helpful video: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/doors/21016178/how-to-paint-an-exterior-metal-door
Use a metal Primer and a Metal paint for the job!
I prefer to use a paint sprayer to paint a door!
I would use rustoleum paint
Paint store can give good info. Any exterior latex paint will work. Remove door handles before painting.
Hi! I prefer Rustoleum paint for metal. Prep is always the key, cleaning and repairing first. You will get a much nicer outcome if you the door on sawhorses. Good luck!
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Rustoleum paint is best