Interior wooden doors experience a hard time of usage. Doors are subjected to daily use, from everyday knocks, bumps, greasy hand prints, shoe scuffs, dirt from passing pets and more, l through the year, and yet they’re still expected to look good. If you’ve bought a lovely set of new interior wood doors, or perhaps you are thinking about refurbishing your existing doors. These tips will help you bring the glimmer out of your wooden door making them look like brand new doors.
- Lay door flat to avoid runs and drips. For convenience and smooth finish, the door should be removed from its hinges. Knobs and other hardware should be removed, and it’s crucial to lay the door flat when you paint. You can spread paint more quickly after the door has been laid flat on sawhorses, do not worry about paint sags and drips. And both sides can still be painted within a day since the door is rested on lag screws.
- Remove all dirt before you prime. Wash oil and dirt thoroughly off the door to ensure adhesion of new paint. Paint won’t bind well to dirt and oil, especially near the knob, where dirty hands have pulled and pushed for many years. Before priming or filling holes, the entire door should be a scrub with heavy-duty household cleaner. Fill any holes when the door had completely dry.
- Beware of buildup of paint. Scrape off any thick paint buildup on the door edges to keep them from scratching against the jamb or stop molding. Scrape off any flaking paint. Sand the door to ensure it is smooth and scrape the edges. After scraping, use sandpaper instead of a scraper on metal doors. Use chemical on fiberglass doors in case you see flaking paint—if you sand or scrape a fiberglass door, it will be ruin.
- Fill all holes including the small ones. Fill all deep or large holes with a putty knife. Spread spackling compound over small, scratches, shallow holes and scratches. For deeper holes, use an epoxy wood filler or a two-part filler.
- Prime the whole door before painting. Before painting, you should prime, unless the old paint is in good condition. Primer blocks stain muted dark colors and helps new paint better stick. It also closes holes fillers, so the topcoat looks smooth and even. Do not spot priming as this will make the paint topcoat look blotchy.