posted by December 7, 2014 Home Improvement
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Take a good look at your front door. Does it give a great impression to visitors with its slick paint job and stylish looks, or does it let you down? Your front door says a lot about you, and it may be time to give yours a facelift. One of the simplest ways to create a better first impression is to improve the paint on your front door. Here are some handy tips for getting the job done yourself with the minimum of hassle.
1. Get Your Timing Right
When painting your external doors, timing is everything. The day shouldn’t be too hot or too cold as you will need to have the door frame open to the elements whether you decide to take off the door to paint it or have the door open. You also need to have enough time to finish the job properly as you can’t leave the door half-painted.
2. Plan, Plan, Plan
Make sure you know how you are going to approach the project and also that you have the correct supplies to hand. Collect the supplies together in the place you will be working, including fine sandpaper, a damp rag, a drop cloth to catch the stray paint, a work bucket, paint brushes, masking tape, and your paint. The paint you choose is up to you, but bear in mind that darker shades will require more coats and are also less forgiving of mistakes. Paler shades are easier to deal with but do not create such a striking impression.
3. Do the Right Prep
It is really important to prep the door before you start otherwise you end up with an uneven paint job. Sand the surface of the door and all the edges of the door to get an even finish for the paint. If the door has patches of mildew, remove it with a bleach and water solution.
4. Decide to Take the Door Off or Leave it in Place
It is more effective, and easier, to paint the door when it has been removed from its hinges but this job is heavy and difficult. If you do not have any help to remove the door, it is safer to leave it in place. If leaving it in place, put something heavy behind the door and in front so you can have it open without worrying about it banging shut.
5. Use Masking Tape
Unless you have an extremely steady hand, you’ll need to cover the fixings on the door with masking tape in order not to paint over them. Or, you can remove them with a screwdriver for a cleaner finish.
Of course, if your door is in poor condition or you don’t trust your painting skills to make a positive difference to the door, do as safedoors.co.uk advise and get yourself a new set of external doors. By looking around for the style that suits your home and finding doors that are affordable you can use your painting budget and a little bit extra to get a shiny new front door instead.