How To Paint A Door

oh hello there welcome to another episode
of pjf decorating decorating tips now I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately”well thanks
for all your wallpapering tips pat but what we need to know is we need to now how to paint
a door” which is what I ‘m going to be doing today
I’m going to show you just that.OK so what we are going to be doing today is painting
this panel door ERM so the first thing you need to do is you need to take off all the
hardware you don’t need to mask it up its easy to take off all the hardware so we are
going to start off with the preparation do a bit of filling and we are going to start
showing you how to do the undercoat. (awesome music in the background) so that’s it we’ve
got the 2 minute job we have got the furniture off erm a bit of sandpaper on that er and
fill it here and there and we can start with the undercoat okay what’s quite important
is well forgot to mention is we need something on the floor we need to protect the floor
you could use a newspaper or anything else but pat’s using a bit of lining paper just
to slide under the door to protect any little spot of paint that we might… that slides
under there tap tap LIKE THAT (Pat’s a pro at this stuff and so will you if you keep
watching) we are gonna scrape out all the loose joints ( still awesome music in the
background) and what we use to fill these is we use expanding filler witch is known
in the decorating trade as caulk and we run that down the joint just like so and it gives
us a nice run yo finger down it to finish it off nicely fills there so any nice movement
in the door and the filler because its expanding will hold out okay so I’ll just run through
the brushes, the tools of the trade so what we’ve got is we’ve got a 1 inch long-bristle
generally ,what we would use for emullsioning used so we’ll not be using that rubbish right
now (throw) ………….(carrying on playing music) what we do need is a shorter slightly
shorter bristle this one has been working nicely and we’re using this one today for
the undercoat(terrible sand paper noise) alright so that is all nice and sanded down. so now
we are ready to apply the undercoat now a lot of people ask me from time to time they’ll
so what we er er what we are looking at we’re painting this side of the door and in actual
fact its the outside of this particular room so when we’re painting the edges this edge
actually comes in with the inside of the room as you can see when you open the door that’s
the edge you see. Whereas when you’re stood on the outside, you don’t see this edge because
it’s on the inside, but you do see this edge. So this edge will come in this side of the
door. So that’s what we are going to do first we are going to do the edges first. So we
go down the back edge we go right down the back edge of the door there first. Basically
you are doing the edges first sos that you don’t get any fatty edges coming on to the
face of the door because that will be the finished stroke will go down on the face of
the door to get rid of any fatty edges so you go right down to the bottom of the door
… right so we start to do the face of the door now we always start with the edges again
but in this case you’re going to be doing the edges of the panels so you do you go along
all the edges first generous amount off undercoat on there you’ve finished you’ve finished product*cough
cough* is er gloss when your putt the gloss on the gloss is only looks as good as solid
as the undercoat does so you get the undercoat solid your gloss finish will be nice and solid
so we’ve done the edges of the panel there and then we can do the face of the panel so
all those fatty edges on the on the from the edges will be brushed away nicely … (awesome
music playing once again) …………………………… eeerrrrr? right then so that’s all nicely undercoated
so all we need to do now is you let it all dry and erm while that’s drying I thing we
will have an instrumental break!!!!!! (awesome instrumental break!!!) now then as you can
see this door is all nice and dry now erm I’ve got some gloss spray right down here
right we are going to do pretty much like we did with the undercoat edges first only
a slight difference you might have noticed I have a lot of different brushes one is for
the broader work ones for the cutting in or to get in to more intricate parts just to
make it a little bit easier with the gloss so we’ll start off by the edges again. SO
like before go around all the edges first all the paneled edges the the difference with
the gloss of course is you’ve got to…it’s more prone to getting drips in your gloss
so you’ve got a little bit more care and make sure you you call this laid off so I’ll make
sure to stop any runs coming down once you’ve actually happy with the quality you’ve put
on just run over it one final time smooth out any would be little runners that might
be thinking of creeping right down so in a game with panels edges first panels bring
them after cross yo gloss over keep glossin’ it over like that and then it’s eliminate
any chance of drips and runners creeping down yo door … cross it over spread it out and
then finish it off all in the same direction …………(still awesome background music)……….
that my friend yo is how to paint a door!!!:) right then so all that remains is to put yo
door frame back on bet you can’t do that just now because it’s wet and we’ll finish the
job when it’s all nice and dry bros:P but year there you go.Right so that just raps
it up for another episode of PJF decorating decorating tips so until next time it’s goodbye
from me byyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! (dramatic awesome music on the electric keyboard ending)
and it’s goodbye from the awesome piano playing man!………………. (epic ending music)


Thanks for the Tips, does the same apply, painting with an undercoat for front doors. ? ie…painintg with a white undercoat, regardless of the colour the door is going to be (Blue) ps…loving the music lol

Hi, when painting an exterior door it may need a little more attention when in the preparation stage. Eg, loose flakey paint may need burning off first, wood primer applied and exterior wood filler used on all the cracks and defects before undercoating. If you are wanting the finish colour of your door to be blue then a grey undercoat would be recommended. Depending of the shade of blue would depend on the depth of grey. ie. light blue -light grey, mid blue -mid grey etc. hope that helps.

@Laxcarl Hi . Rollers are fine to paint doors just as long as you use the correct type. Best to use a 3" sponge roller but note you still need to 'lay it off' with a brush for the perfect finish.

a big no no is painting over hinges, either cut round or mask them over. also when painting doors which this video skipped was the way you do the door…edges, panels, middle stile (vertical) then horizontals from top to bottom followed by end stiles (verticals). why you need a short bristled brush is beyond me…..that's down to personal preference.

Another tip i'd recommend when painting doors with undercoat, is use an oil base and not an acrylic based undercoat, doors take a beating and acrylic in my opinion lets the gloss fade faster and tends to dirt easier as the oils slowly evaporate/dry into the door

@whirlpoolzend Thanks for the nice comments, glad you liked it. Of course this is just a lighthearted view of how to go about painting a door, and for sure many may have different methods, but it's surprising just how serious some people have taken it. Rest assured, after 30 years in the trade, this is pretty much how its done.

Unless your a total sped with the brush you shouldn't have to remove the hardware. I'm 15 and I can do it easily. You shouldn't even need to mask around it

Ah yes, painting round door handles, something I too use to do as a lad or, on occasions, when I was racing against the clock to finish a job or simply too lazy to do the job correctly and take them off. How long did you say you’d been in the painting and decorating trade? I’d love to watch a video of you performing with a paintbrush, Mr or Mrs USAPatriot7761. Where can I see one?

okay i need help …
iwant to paint a door ,but it was already paint semi-gloss and i peainted mechester and it fall off the dooor, what i can put before?

Do you need t o apply an undercoat even if the door was already painted white emulsion? Also can you undercoat on an already gloss painted door as I've already painted one and it looks really bad?

And what products did you use?

Thanks in advance

@scud69er The door was already painted white emulsion! Generally speaking emulsion paint is used to paint walls and ceilings, not doors. That said, if it has emulsion on the door already it needs to be lightly sanded and undercoated using a good quality, preferably oil-based, undercoat paint.

PS. Remember, the gloss finish is only as good as the undercoat, so it's important to make a good, solid job of the preparation and the undercoating. So yes, always use undercoat first for a top finish. I always use trade paints such as Crown, Dulux, Johnstones and Layland.

@jaqueline932 First, it would appear you need a little help with your spelling as i can't really understand what your question is here.

@jaqueline932 And secondly, assuming 'mechester' is spelled correctly, I still haven't the foggiest what you're talking about?

@lenolikesmayo123 Ha! You got me there. That sounds like the type of comment I would get from my old English teacher, Mr Murphy. You see the mispelling of words has been the bane of my life. Just like I mispelled misspelling in the preeceding sentance (and just like I misspelled, ‘misspelled’, ‘preceding’ and ‘ sentence’ there). … Hence why I became a painter 🙂

hello mate good informative vid and a nice slice of humour 🙂
Any chance you could make a vid up about cleaning brushes up after glossing?… I always buy cheap ones from BnQ and chuck em away but i would like to buy a couple of quality ones ..ta

Basically just prepare in the usual way but make sure you use the correct colour undercoat for the finish colour. Or if you're using oil based eggshell finish paint then, as is the case with most colours, two coats of a good quality trade paint should cover okay. good luck!

Hi, Firstly it’s not always the best idea to paint a table top, at least that is if it’s going to be in regular use. You could apply ebony stain and varnish with a two-pack lacquer (the type that is used on bar tops). …

…. But, as MDF isn’t the best surface to be using stain on, alternatively you could apply a primer coat followed by a dark grey undercoat before glossing it with a good quality hard gloss finish. Make sure to rub the surface down in-between coats with fine sandpaper. You can also purchase what’s called a Tacky Rag, or Tack Cloth to remove any dust particles before applying each coat. If you’re still in doubt try a small separate MDF sample piece. Good luck!

As my oil-based paint brushes are in constant use i simply stand them in water when not in use (just make sure all the bristles are covered). When I need to give them a wash I use white spirit. If they’re really clogged up with old paint you can use nitromors and gently brush through the bristles with a wire brush, followed by white spirit and a good spin out. Hope that helps. I recommend Hamiltons Perfection Plus brushes.

yes purdy is the brand you can buy a box called a brush mate it works with a vapour pad.once you finished painting wipe excess paint of brush and put it in the brush mate it vapour pad keeps the brush wet and ready to use again and again.or you can clean the brush in white spirit but then must put it in a cup of water dont let it dry or it will go brush mate or look on ebay.

Hi. Firstly i try to avoid using non drip gloss. Naff stuff.
Secondly, the majority of the work involved in getting a top gloss finish is in the preparation. That said, when applying the gloss paint you need to make sure you have a good glossing brush (like shown in the vid). Make sure it goes on evenly by spreading the gloss out, crossing over itself before finishing off with the final strokes all going in the same direction(again, like shown in the vid). Good luck preparing everything again.

Your a very nice guy and i dont doubt you are good with paint but I would give you and everyone else that is going to repaint something like a door…take it fown. It will be much easier to reach all sides of the item.

Well if you think it's a must to remove the hardware go ahead, but why would you remove something that is easier painted hung? So many times I get jobs in my shop and after prep I have to hang then to paint them in a timely fashion (I can paint both sids with out drying time to flip it). So why would you want to remove something the is better left hung?

Painting doors while on the hinges is best unless you are going to spray them. When you take them off you will need some where to place and generally you will only be able to paint one side at a time.

Also the room that you remove the door from will be without a door for a few days, at least if you leave the door on you can still close it most of the way allowing for some privacy.

Good video. Your pianist is great (that's pianist). I try to buy quality brushes, but even buying the more expensive makes, they seem like crap. Loads of wadding where there should be bristles, ferrules coming loose, etc. Any other recommendations on brush makes? Thanks

top vid m8 but i think you should tell the tubers if they want to gloss both sides of the the door,to paint the inside first so they are not closing the door on the side they have just painted and messing up the paint job .in other words always paint the side that opens toward you first .

33 years painting The frame around the panles of the door. Each frame part has the bruch move along the longest direction, final stroke no brake in motion, long complete, edg to edg, and stop just past intersection point of frame. The shorter frame parts cut exactly neat over the little paint from the prio long frame. Your brush direction is vertical for the short, top and bottom. You will see the brush lines when the gloss dries. Video, explane. Bit sloppy bush past, gloss will show this dry.

Thanks for that Mr Mrremmington (if that is your real name), though I didn't understand a word of it. Next time try using spell checker before posting.

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Ha ha loved this! Someone who knows what he's talking about and loving those brush stokes with a sense of humour! Cheers! 😊

Please could you advise me? My paint job is all rippled and looks awful. I sanded, undercoated and followed instructions…do you think I have put it on too thick and need to sand and give another thinner top coat? Or is it too thin and just needs another coat on top of what I've done to fill in the ripples? I've spent too much on paint to keep ballsing this up, please help! Should I thin the paint??

Spending weekends doing DIY has just become a lot more fun!

Thanks for bringing style and humour into an informative video.

Just make sure you use the right brush for the paint your using. Oil base and Water base paints require different brushs. Natural Bristle for Oil/Alkyds and Synthetic Nylon for Water base paints. also, IMO a 2"-3" Angle Brush is best for Panel Doors because you can lay it off better in the corners. Also, take off the hardware (locks/knobs/ etc.

You will have to keep checking the panels as they drip a lot. So go back and check them often before the paint drys.

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