We painted your trim already but not your doors. The most popular door style across the country for years has been the one named for the way it is built—with six panels—two small ones at the top, two longer ones below and two more panels in the bottom half of the door.
Ninety eight percent of these doors swinging today are imitations of the ever popular original all wood panel door. They are stamped from an inexpensive fiber-board which allows them to take on the exact contour of the real thing. Most are even stamped with a wood grain look in them to appear more realistic. If you use a great enamel like Sherwin-Williams “Extra White” which dries with natural highlights and slight shading and this simple technique, (usually referred to as ‘graining’) they can come out looking as good as the real thing! They just don’t have the same “timeless life expectancy.”To prep existing doors, wipe them down with a damp cloth. Use a stain blocker like KILZ for any place stained by oils or the kid’s crayons. Scrape off and sand smooth old runs. Remove door knobs but leave bolt and hinges in place as any paint can be quickly wiped off them and you don’t risk getting them re-installed in a way that changes the way the door operates. If the doors have already been enameled; scuff them a bit with a high grit—like 220—sand paper so the new coat sticks. I normally spread my 5 x 5 canvas tarp and paint existing doors in place unless I have a good location and the right equipment to spray.
Remember that flow additive for the semi-gloss—or if you really want bold—gloss enamel before you start. Do a few yoga moves with your 2 ½-3” sash brush in hand to limber up. Start at the top of the door so you don’t drip down on yourself. Paint both top and bottom of door to seal them to humidity. Apply a thin coat, using the brushes angle to reach into corners, brushing always in the direction of the underlying simulated wood grain.
NOTE: paint each panel or stile and rail (vertical and horizontal door pieces) completely; then re-brush the full length without lifting your brush. Always go back to re-brush as needed so brush strokes follow the grain of the pieces butted together. Any brush marks left will appear as the wood grain (natural wood pattern).HINT: If you are painting all doors in one operation, you can use a specialized spray gun or a banana roller to speed the application process and still achieve the grained look with the brush. You just need to be very careful not to apply too much paint. Be sure and number doors so you return them to their same opening that hinges and latches match up right.
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