How do I paint iron front door?

I have two wrought iron front doors (house used to be a duplex) with some old yellowing textured fiberglass panel behind the scroll work. They are currently black with weird gold flecks but heavy and functional (also expensive) so I want to paint instead of replace. Any ideas for how to properly paint wrought iron and fiberglass front doors, preferably without having to remove them?

(pic is not actual but pretty close)
  6 answers
  • Kathy Guy Kathy Guy on Dec 05, 2017

    I would suggest using a rustoleum paint. Make sure there is no loose paint on the doors or scroll work. If you are planning on covering the the panel behind the fiberglass I would spray paint them (with a spray gun if you have one). Just make sure you get in behind the scroll work for full coverage so it looks good from the other side too. Good luck.

    • Claudia Bernal Hughes Claudia Bernal Hughes on Dec 06, 2017

      Unfortunately i don't think I can easily remove/replace the panel so i'll have to find a way to spray behind it, but I'll def look into rustoleum paint. thank you!

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Dec 05, 2017

    If you can remove them, I would take them down and place them on cardboard or stand them up and spray paint them. There is indoor/outdoor paint for such projects.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Dec 05, 2017

    I would use canned spray paint making sure that it is the correct paint for the job. Read the label. The best thing is to remove the door so that you can avoid overspray and do a much nicer job. This way you can control the drips and be sure to get the spray under the scroll work. Do not paint in the sun and it is better to do two light coatings rather than one heavy one. Spray paint dries fairly quickly so your door will only be off for an hour or so.

  • Rose Middleton Rose Middleton on Dec 05, 2017

    See if you can remove the fiberglass panel by removing the interior frame around the panel? If you can do that, you can replce the fiberglass panel with a clear textured panel.

    While you have the fiberglass panel out, Spray the door with Rustoleum primer (use TSP to clean the metal first). Then spray it with Rustoleum paint. You can mask the wood work around the door with self adhesive paper mask.

    Take a photo of the door and visit a really good paint store like Sherwin Williams - not a box store. Ask what they recommend you use.

    • Claudia Bernal Hughes Claudia Bernal Hughes on Dec 06, 2017

      Looks like the back panel is attached with rivets so removing it may be more complicated than I can handle right now (we're in a bit of a time-crunch) but I have a sherwin williams nearby so I'll def check them out

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Dec 05, 2017

    if you clean with a wire brush to get any debris off, and use a spray paint, it should cover well and stick

  • Wanda Wanda on Dec 06, 2017

    When you are done painting the door have it screened instead of paneled again. We did and love it.