Do Steel Doors Need to Be Painted?

Are you thinking of getting a steel door for your home but don’t know where to start? It’s not too difficult to install and customize a steel door in your home according to your preferences as long as you know what you’re doing!

Metal doors tend to be pre-primed these days, so the door is ready to be painted when it leaves the factory. These factory-primed doors should be painted to provide your home a wonderful boost in its aesthetic appeal—be careful not to use stains.

You need to be extra careful when painting a metal door since the paint doesn’t get absorbed, and mistakes can lead you to end up with a rough texture on your beloved steel door. Here’s how you should paint a steel door:

Remove the hardware

The best way to achieve excellent results is to remove all of the hardware from the frame and door—the door handles, knockers, and hinges. It can be extremely time-consuming to brush around these items.

Attempting to paint around these items will only make the process slow down. If there are things that you can’t remove, such as the weather stripping, which sometimes tends to be stapled or glued down, you can apply a layer of masking tape to keep it safe.

Clean the steel door

To ensure a smooth finish, you must clean the surface thoroughly with a rag and a degreaser to remove any grease, grime, oil, or dirt. Wipe it down once it’s completely cleaned, and let it dry for an hour or so before continuing with the painting process.

Sand it down

If your door already has paint on it, you’ll need to use a paint stripper in a ventilated area to get it off. Once it’s paint-free, put on some safety glasses and a dust mask and begin sanding the surface down with 400-grit sandpaper to allow the paint to adhere properly.

Make sure to give it a good wipe with a damp rag to remove the dust that’s left behind.

Prime your door

Choose a good-quality primer to protect your door by forming a barrier. The kind of primer that you use will depend on the type of paint you’re planning on using. An oil-based or latex paint should work fine with a multi-surface primer.

Take a paint roller and paint over the larger section, and use an angular brush for the nooks and crannies.

Start painting

Once the primer has dried, use your roller and brush to apply a coat of paint in the same way that you applied your primer. Make sure to use paint that’s designed to be used on the exterior, such as semi-gloss or exterior satin paint. Apply at least two coats for and replace all of the hardware once it’s dry.

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Pinky’s Iron Doors is a leading door designer and manufacturer. We can provide beautiful iron doors in a variety of finishes or completely customize them according to your preferences. We have a large collection of black steel French doors, thermally broken iron doors, steel doors, and steel sliding doors at affordable rates all across the US. We craft each of our pieces with extreme care and attention to provide customers with the doors of their dreams.

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