Painting a door
by putting it flat on a pair of sawhorses is the best way
to prevent drips and runs. You can paint in a garage or
other area that will keep odors from lingering inside your
house. It's also the fastest way – by removing all the
hardware, you won't have to paint around any obstacles.
Now is the time to change styles or replace worn hardware.
Just be sure to take your old hardware with you when you
shop for replacements to make sure you get the correct
1. Remove the door by
driving the lower hinge pin out with a screwdriver and
hammer. Have a helper hold the door in place as you
drive out the pin.
2. Place the door flat on
sawhorses to paint it. On paneled doors, paint in the
following order: 1) recessed panels, 2) horizontal
rails, and 3) vertical stiles. That way, you won't
leave any unnecessary brush marks.
3. Let the door dry
completely. If a second coat of paint is needed, sand
the door lightly and then wipe it with a tack cloth
4. Seal the unpainted
bottom edge of the door with clear wood sealer to
prevent moisture from entering the wood. Any water
will cause the wood to warp and swell, resulting in a
door that won't close properly.