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Clean, sand, prime with exterior oil primer. Then 2 coats exterior oil paint in any color you want.
Hi Ginny! Clean it first, , sand any rough spots, use primer intended for metal, then paint it with the color you want. I recommend Rustoleum.
sand it down lite sand paper, prime it, then paint it.
I like the small foam rollers. they leave a low texture finish.
Because the door is metal prime it with oil based primer made for exterior application. After the primer you can use water/latex based paints on either side. I like something a little slick on the outside so that you can just hose off the dust and bug guts that accumulate in the summer. If you use the foam rollers it will not be as slick as a sprayed application. Finish all your strokes in the same direction, especially if you go with a gloss.
spray painter with flotrol or similar additive. on metal use a lighter color...I had primed and painted a metal door barn red , but it faced the evening sun. the metal expands some and it started peeling.
Just make sure you pick an exterior paint that's good for metal and follow the directions. Don't forget to tape off the glass and anything else you don't want painted.
Used Modern Masters and painted directly on to door after cleaning door thoroughly! Be sure to remove hardware and tape off areas that don’t need to be painted! Good luck hopes this helps....
Prep is key and I would use a spray paint for a better and more uniform look. Just sand, prime and apply some Rustoleum. Remember to do many light coats so it doesn't run.
Just go through the appropriate preparation steps to insure a great product. Usually spray painting, especially on metal results in a better outcome (no brush or sponge brush marks). Be sure to mask off any areas you don't want painted. Black will be sophisticated! Take your time and be patient in the process.
I have the same door. I took it all apart and spray painted it after cleaning with asetone. It took 2 to 3 cans of $5 white spray paint from HD. I setup saw horses in back yard and did one side at a time. Paint in 3 thin layers to avoid drips. Use sand paper to remove dried drips or mistakes. Worked great and has no peeling and no scratches for 3 years now.
All of the answers above are correct, the only thing I would add is to make sure that you remove any loose chipped or peeling paint then clean the metal part of the door thoroughly. Let dry and paint with metal paint. If there is a gloss finish on the current paint you may want to run fine grain sandpaper or clean with TSP to remove gloss so the new paint will stick better. As noted remove hardware and tape off glass and areas you don't want painted. Also, as you are going from a dark color to black you might not need to prime but it wouldn't hurt, just adds a step. I did my front door which is south facing about 5 years ago and it is standing up well. Good Luck
Use an automotive paint that will withstand all the elements/weather and last a lifetime..
When I painted mine I sanded the rough spots, primed with a spray timer Rustoleum makes and then spray painted my color. Easier to do it outside. Tape any glass or you will be scraping the paint off with a razor.
After sanding, clean the door thoroughly, then use a good primer to help the paint stick. If you are painting the outside, I'd use an outside paint or a paint for metal.
I have used interior paint as well a spray Rustoleum.
I have painted mine (exterior doors) several times. I don't remove them from the frame. Clean and dry. If interior, you can use any interior house paint but recommend a paint & primer in one. If exterior, make sure you purchase a metal door paint for the best result. I always use a brush.
I have same and painted with American Decor Curb Appeal paint I got at JoAnns. It’s holding up beautifully
Hi, The most ideal way to paint metal is to use oil based paint. Rust-Oleum, Glidden and Behr all have oil based paints available. The Rust-Oleum oil- based paint comes pre-tinted. Glidden’s “Trim and Door” paint is an extra high gloss, gel paint and also comes pre-tinted. Behr’s oil based paint comes in a semi-gloss finish and can be tinted to any Behr color. I would recommend highly that you use an exterior grade, oil based primer also.
Hi! I can tell you how to paint your door with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint! :)
It is super easy to paint with Dixie Belle:
Step one: Clean with White Lightning
Step two: Apply two coats of Slick Stick
Step three: Paint one to two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint
Step four: Use Gator Hide for a water-repellent finish
No sanding required!
Here is a great YouTube tutorial about painting a door https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq1P0Z36nYQ&t=1s
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.
I've had great luck with Sherwin Williams and Behr paints that are specifically formulated for metal exterior doors.
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.
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!
Try spray paint !!! It is best to take your door off its hinges and lay it flat so you don't get drip marks ! I did that to my door , I wasn't looking for a smooth finish , I used a
Rustoleum spray paint , hammered bronze it looks great ! First clean down the door , wait until it is dry . Tape over the Windows and doorknobs and lock . Then use even long swipes with the spray paint , let it dry .do a second coat if needed . It is always better to do 2 light coats over doing 1 heavy coat . Good luck !
I sanded mine, and painted with regular latex exterior house paint. I've done all 3 of my metal doors this way, and never had a problem. There are so many beautiful colors, it's hard for me to pick for you. A colonial blue would be my choice, because blue is my favorite color, and makes me happy! Good luck!
I would use good primer and continue with paint of your choice . Home improvment stores offer a lot of deals
You can use a DTM Paint (Direct to metal). I always use without any problem
prime with oil primer and then paint anything you want
The first question should be what kind of coating does it have now? Did it come primed.? Is it old and needs new paint? Most doors do not come with raw metal.
Just use a good exterior paint and you should be fine. Just make sure you prep well. That's the key.
Hello, hope this helps you out.
I painted our metal front door about 20+ yrs ago and it's still holding strong. Follow the directions to sand THEN BE SURE TO USE A TACK RAG to clean the dust off. Prime and use 2 coats of a good quality outdoor paint. I used Pratt & Lambert. It faded a little after 12 + yrs and repainted same color. ZERO issues with it but we do also have a storm door.
Use a good exterior paint, such as Sherwin Williams or Benjamine Moore. Or you can use Rustoleum. Buy the spray on primer, then lightly sand and either roll on or spray on