How to paint a door with a roller?

by Abby

How do I use a roller to paint my door?

  25 answers
  • Cin21825342 Cin21825342 on Jun 19, 2017

    I've always painted my metal exterior doors with regular exterior house paint. I brush the raised/recessed parts first before rolling the rest of the door. Use a 3" or 4" roller and that will not leave strokes like a brush will. Also, don't paint the door when it is hot from the sun.

  • Lise Naud McNally Lise Naud McNally on Jun 20, 2017

    Use a small foam roller. Goes on great and no brush strokes

  • Janice Janice on Oct 02, 2017

    a roller is much faster. You may need a brush to do the edges.

  • S S on Oct 03, 2017

    depends on the look you wish to achieve. Some folks actually like brush marks, why, it is beyond me. I like a foam roller when applying paint to doors. Smooth, almost powder coat finish can be achieved.

  • Art a Real  Talent llc Art a Real Talent llc on Jul 31, 2018

    first lay down paint throws to protect any area you don't want red to get on...take you time a small roller less splatter as possible a brush with the wrong bristles may streak.

  • Kim Kim on Jul 31, 2018

    Use a Foam roller for a smoother finish.


  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Sep 20, 2018

    Yes spong roller will not leave a mark it will dry smooth

  • Linda Linda on Sep 20, 2018

    I used a small sponge roller on mine and it worked great.

  • Gk Gk on Sep 20, 2018

    You can roll the paint on with a small foam roller to get a smooth finish. If this is a new door you won't have any hardware in your way. You will need at least 2 coats of paint but let it dry well in between coats. If this is an older door you will have to take the doorknob off or paint around it and the other hardware with a small brush.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jul 14, 2017

    Hello Kathleen, A quarter nap will produce the smoothest finish. A three quarter nap roller cover will produce an orange peel like texture. Hope this helps you. Good luck.

  • Jolyyo Jolyyo on Jul 14, 2017

    From my experience, a smooth foam roller, gives the best smooth finish.

  • Bunny Bunny on Apr 20, 2018

    Rollers come with different naps. Some are thick and leave the pebbly-look, but you can get some with a very flat nap that will leave it smoother. You may have to dip it more because the flatter naps won't soak up as much paint to take to the wall. But a paint brush is always a safe bet.

  • Our Crafty Mom Our Crafty Mom on Sep 18, 2018

    You can use a paint roller to avoid any brush strokes. Also, if you are able to remove the doors, you can use a paint sprayer. This makes it completely smooth. Good luck!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 09, 2021

    Hello. Generally I just use the roller for the inside panels on the door— if you were doing a six panel door and brush over. If it has a hollow core or smooth door it might be a more roller application participation.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 09, 2021

    I have used a foam roller with great results, nice and smooth.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 09, 2021

    After prepping the door properly, you will want to put ample paint on your roller. I use a brush because I have 6 panel doors but if your door is flat, you can use a roller just like you would on a wall.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 09, 2021

    the small foam rollers do a great job on doors

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 09, 2021

    Even though we are painting this door with a roller it is a good idea to keep a brush nearby.

    You never know where you might need the brush, either to catch a paint run or get into some awkward corner that the roller just won’t reach.

  • Yoy can definitely use roller in painting your door, but you may need a brush to assist you with painting tiny details or the edges of your door for a better finish.

  • Deb K Deb K on Nov 09, 2021

    Hi Abby, you will want to mask (tape) off all the hardware and glass to keep them free of paint, use a brush to get into any crevices or molding. Us a smooth roller and roll paint on in a feathered motion. Hope this help you out,

  • A brush will give you a more traditional finish, but if you're going to use a roller I would inquire at the paint store about which roller is best.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Dec 19, 2021

    I would use a small foam roller for the door. Start with a brush in the indented areas and then use the foam brush to finish the flat surfaces.

  • Clean the door well with soap and water and let it dry. Use an exterior latex paint with a good quality brush.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 27, 2023

    Buy different sized rollers for the job you have to do.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 07, 2023

    Use a micro roller to do all the intricate bits and a bigger one to do the rest.