How to Paint a Wood Entry Door Part 1

Painting a wood entry door is a project that anyone can take on with ease. These instructions will help guide you through preparing your door.

When choosing paint you need to pick a color that accents and has good contrast to existing paint and brick on the outside of your home. Then, you need to decide if you wish for your door to have a high shine or a matte-type finish.

List of Supplies Needed

  • roll 1 inch masking tape
  • roll 12 inch masking paper
  • can of painters putty (white)
  • carton of whiting (for use with putty)
  • sanding pad 120 grit
  • 2 1/2 inch angle paint brush
  • 1 qt. Acrylic flat paint
  • 1 qt. Exterior Latex enamel (color and sheen of your choice)
  • 2 tubes latex caulk (white)
  • caulking gun
  • masking machine

Step 1: Putty Nail Holes

To begin prepping, you need to putty any nail and knot holes. To do this, get a small amount of putty out, then sprinkle a coat of whiting onto putty. Knead together until blended. Whiting is used to prevent shrinkage of putty. When filling holes use the edge of your putty, and press it into holes. Then rub gently to flatten it to the surface. When you are finished puttying, you will caulk the cracks on your door and jamb.

Step 2: Caulk Cracks

Mount the caulking tube onto the caulking gun and slide the metal stem with the notches into the butt of your tube to secure. Using a blade, cut the tip at an angle, 1/8th inch down. Hold your gun at 45 degrees and squeeze the trigger while simultaneously in motion to fill cracks on your door and jamb. Have a damp cloth at your side to wipe excess caulk from your fingers to maintain clean lines. When caulking is complete, mask off any windows on your door and any structure you need to protect that surrounds your door, such as brick.

Step 3: Masking Your Door

To begin masking, load your tape on its dispenser onto your masking machine. Then, slide the masking paper onto the dispenser and roll your tape out and slide it under the guide notch. Likewise, roll out masking paper and stick your tape to the top of your paper. To protect your windows, as accurately as possible pull the paper/tape and stick the tape around the edge of any windows on your door. Next, in the same manor, mask by following the edge where any surrounding structure meets your door jamb. Then, open your door and mask off your threshold (the metal/wood transition piece in the middle of doorway on the floor. Mask it to protect it by running a piece where it meets your jamb on both sides and run a strip of paper/tape in the center to completely cover it. Finally, pull your tape back off your masking machine, and use it to snugly tack any paper down that is hanging in order to make your painting surface easily accessible.

Now that you have completed these steps, you can breathe easy because the hard part is over. The last and final step is to apply the paint to your door.