Remove the Door
Start by removing the door handles or tape them with masking tape to protect them while painting, wedge the door in place with a couple of door stops this will help keep the door in place while you remove the hinges, make sure when using a drill to unscrew the hinges that you leave one screw in place each time to support the weight of the door.
Prepping the Door
Once the door is off its hinges lay it flat across a couple of sawhorses, chairs or you can even use a tabletop. The next step is to wash the surface of the door with Sugar Soap solution to remove grease and grime. If the door has already been painted with enamel lightly sand it until the shine has gone then use a suitable primer like Dulux 1 Step Primer, Sealer, Undercoat to apply to the door allowing 2 hours drying time before painting a final top coat.
Painting the Door
Now that the door as been prepped you’re ready to paint, make sure to stir the top coat of paint by bringing the paint to the top of the can, this will ensure you have an even colour throughout. Using a good synthetic brush, dip into the paint and then tap the brush on the side to remove any excess paint. As you move the brush away from the can spin it 180 degrees. Start by painting any parts of the door that stick out further then the rest of the door these are called the mullions. Paint them using light brush strokes over the original layer to smooth out imperfections, paint the main parts of the door followed by the rails then the styles which are the vertical parts on the outside of the panels, finish by painting the edges. When its dry turn the door over and paint on the other side.
To achieve a smooth finish on your second or final coat you’ll need to give the door a light sand with 360 grit sandpaper, wipe down the surface to remove all the sandy dust residue then you’re ready to apply the second coat.
Painting Windows & Trims
Painting windows & trims can seem like a daunting project to undertake but will become a breeze by following these few steps. Start by masking the surrounding areas to avoid paint splashes & any little accidents. Try using painters blue tape as its really low stick meaning it won’t take off any paint when it’s removed, it will also help you achieve a crisper edge when you’re finished.
To achieve a good finish, it's easy to start by working outwards from the glass. Starting on one side of the window frame, work around the frame quickly by using long strokes. Move onto the next area, always starting in the same place and close to a corner, work your way back round to the starting point. Make sure when you’re laying off to use light brush strokes to produce a smooth surface on the last coat. Finish the window by painting a part of the frame which is against the back of the wall, with your masking tape as a guide, use long stokes to work along the edges of the frame.
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