HOW TO PAINT A DOOR | FINE PAINTS OF EUROPE
The most prominent feature of a home is most often the front door – so make it special! Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac is marine grade paint and is available in two finishes – Brilliant (shiny!) and Satin. It’s the ultimate paint for durability, washability, and holding it’s beautiful color and sheen for years.
There are two ways to achieve this exquisite European finish on your front door:
1. You can hire a professional painter that can paint your door on site, or remove your door and take it to their shop to be prepped and painted in optimal conditions. This method gives you this distinctive finish without any of the dirty work.
THIS DOOR was painted to perfection by H.J.Holtz & Son, our local FPE Master Certified contractor in Richmond, Virginia.
2. If you have the patience to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself, here’s how!
DIY STEPS | HOW TO PAINT A DOOR
PREP & PRIME Do not be tempted to skip this important step! Your final finishing coat will only be as good as the prep work you do now.
- Wash your Door. Use detergent and water and rinse well. Door needs to be completely dry before priming.
- Fill and sand any imperfections using 220 grit rubber back sanding block.
- TIP ABOUT SANDING: the rubber sanding block will keep you from sanding to hard and “etching” the finish.
- Prime the door, including the top and bottom of the door to create a “seal” to keep moisture out. Allow primer to dry overnight. USE FPE Oil Primer/Undercoat for wooden doors, Primer AC for steel doors, and Key Primer for fiberglass doors.
- TIP ABOUT PRIMER: Palette will tint your primer to your selected door color so you can start building your color on the first coat.
FIRST COAT OF PAINT
- Sand the door with 220 grit sanding block and wipe the door down with a clean rag sprinkled with a splash of FPE Mineral Spirits.
- Apply the first coat of Hollandlac Brilliant (or Satin) in a thin even coat using a good oil brush (invest in one!). The marine grade paint is self leveling, resist overworking it. First coat needs to dry overnight.
- TIP ABOUT MINERAL SPIRITS: FPE Mineral spirits can be used to thin Hollandlac and help make it more workable. It is also double the strength of what you will find at the hardware store, ideal for clean up and preserving your expensive brushes.
SECOND COAT OF PAINT
- When fully dry, sand the door again using the same method, including cleaning away the dust to get ready for the second (and hopefully final) coat. You are keeping it smooth each step of the way to assure a beautiful shine on the last coat.
- It’s time for more paint.The second coat will glide on the door at this point, remember to keep a thin coat and allow the paint to level out. Work quickly and don’t panic by overworking it to get rid of brush strokes. It takes about 15 seconds for the brush marks to level out on their own. Trust it.
- Thin coats are the priority, too much paint on the brush will cause running (sagging), if you have to do a 3rd coat for coverage, depending on color, then do it! Follow the same steps between coat 2 and 3.
The key is patience between steps. We’ve seen some amazing DIY doors. Fine Paints of Europe says if you follow the proper steps, “even a first-time painter can expect a beautiful, professional quality result and a finish that will look newly painted for several (5-10) years.”
YOU CAN DO IT!
NOT SURE HOW MUCH PAINT YOU WILL NEED? We can help guide and estimate your project, stop by or give us a call
HOW QUICKLY CAN YOU GET YOUR PAINT? We are a full stocking dealer and mix while you wait! Our team is FPE certified; trained to answer your questions about product, finish, and color.
DO WE SHIP? YES, we mix and ship daily. Intercontinental USA.
DO YOU NEED HELP WITH COLOR? We are happy to help in-store, or send us pictures of your door.