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Painting a metal door can go bad very quickly if you do not know what you are doing. Getting custom doors is usually a must for a homeowner with a creative streak. Being able to paint a metal door when needed is important and can help a homeowner customize the look of their residence. Here are a few things to consider when you decide to paint your metal door.
Get the Right Materials
Often times metal doors will flake, chip or peel over time due to the use of cheap and inferior products such as rollers or paint. Before painting the door you should invest in a high quality primer paint and apply it with a thick nap professional grade roller. The paint that you choose should be a medium gloss sheen because you want the paint to adhere to the door and be there permanently. By spending a little more on good supplies you can save money in the long run on sanding and repainting the door.
The most common mistake people make when painting a metal door is not removing the old paint before starting. The paint removal can be done by purchasing a fine grit sandpaper to sand off the old paint. Be sure to perform the sanding in a well ventilated area and be sure to use a respirator for protection against the paint particles. It is important that you remove any hardware from the door before sanding because the particles have been known to damage door locks and handles.
Applying The Paint
Most experts recommend using four coats of medium sheen paint to coat your metal door. The first coat should be the high grade primer and it should dry overnight before rolling on your paint. The second you put on will be the medium sheen paint and it should be allowed to dry for about 8 hours before you apply the third coat. After the second coat dries you should use sandpaper to fix any runs or imperfections before applying anymore paint. When the last coat of paint dries you can reattach your hardware and re hang the door.
By following these tips you will be able to paint your metal door like a professional. If you are unsure about the paint to choose consult a professional at your local paint store for recommendations. They will be able to get you the right materials to make this type of work easier and more enjoyable. By choosing the right materials, you will not have to worry about the results you garner.