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    Painting external front door

    Carpenters

    I need to paint my front door. Should the current paint be stripped first? Is there anything that will help me do this? Also if you could recommend some paint it would be greatly appreciated. Regards.

    Asked by Luke on 31st Mar 2020
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    Minor Construction Solutions

    "Hi Luke.
    I’m assuming that you have a wooden door that needs painting. If the paint has not started to flake off or bubble and is well adhered to the wood, then sanding with a medium grit glass paper will create a sufficient key to paint on.
    If the original paint is flaking off then unfortunately you will have to remove it all to best of your ability. Electric sander and a scraper where it’s loose. Bare wood will then need to be primed before painting.
    All the dominant brands of paint are good quality these days, I.e Dulux Weather Shield or Ronseal Weatherproof. Sandtex do quite a range of colours too. It may sound obvious but make sure you buy EXTERNAL wood paint. I would always recommend solvent based paint even though there are non solvent external paints available.
    Normally I would have a look in a DIY store but that’s not possible currently but I’m sure a delivery option is possible.
    I hope this helps.
    Kind regards

    David Tomkins"

    Answered on 1st Apr 2020 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
    a m g brickwork

    "Sand down the door, clean away sanding dust, paint door with under coat and gloss the exterior with oil based paint."

    Answered on 4th Apr 2020 - Member since Feb 2019 - report
    Handy Pandy

    "I would recomend removing as much paint as possible with paint stripper or heat gun if you can't do this sand it as best as you can then use external paint for the doors found in most diy stores"

    Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Mar 2020 - report
    ISK joinery

    "Yes the existing paint on the door should be stripped first and you could use white spirit to strip it."

    Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
    Mac builders

    "No don’t strip the door before painting it. You need to sand it down so the new paint will take to it. Either use a exterior gloss or satin."

    Answered on 4th Apr 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report

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