I'm going to paint my front door a deep red.
The door pictured here isn't mine, but one similar to the color I'll use -- a deep red. I used this same color on my split foyer stairs so have experience with this paint. On the stairs, I first used a gray primer, then put on 3 coats of high gloss paint (sanded ever so slightly between each coat), then added 3 coats of poly. So far, it's stood up super well. I don't have kids who would brutalize this new door so it will be well-cared for but I still want to do all I can to try to ensure the paint will be applied correctly and last a long time.. I'll paint it before it's installed. Question: Since I'll poly the door, I'd guess using high gloss red paint wouldn't be necessary and might just slow my progress? If that's true, what's the best paint to use -- flat, satin, etc. And do I need to lightly sand between each coat, anyway? Or, without gloss, is that step unnecessary?