5 BEST PRACTICES FOR PAINTING DOORS
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Freshly painted doors enhance any home. From refreshing your customers’ front doors with Aura® Grand Entrance® to painting interior doors more efficiently, these tools and techniques can help.

A welcoming front entrance with a red-painted door and potted plants
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Paint Quality Counts

A welcoming front entrance with a red-painted door and potted plants
Choose a paint formulated to stand up to the additional wear and tear of an exterior door, including extreme heat and cold, wind, rain, and UV damage. Aura® Grand Entrance® provides protection from the elements, while delivering brilliant color. Whether your customer wants to go bold with primary colors like red or deep blue, or softer, with a neutral, like classic gray, Aura® Grand Entrance® paint will make a lasting impression.
A painting contractor removes door hardware at the customer’s home
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To Remove or Not to Remove Door Hardware

A painting contractor removes door hardware at the customer’s home
If you are going to remove the hardware, take photos before removing the hardware. Put all hardware components in clearly-labeled bags so that reassembling the hardware is easier.

If the door is in relatively good shape, you could tape the hardware and paint the door without removing the hardware. This method is less preferred because it can result in brush marks from cutting in around the hardware.
A pro painter applies a coat of paint to door trim
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Watch Out for Runs and Pooling Paint

A pro painter applies a coat of paint to door trim
When painting doors horizontally:
  • Be sure to brush the inset panels
  • Check panels for pooling paint after rolling or spraying
When painting doors vertically:
  • Watch out for runs, especially if you are working with thinned paint
  • Humidity can keep the product open longer so check for runs or sags
  • Have a 2-inch flat and 2-inch angled brush ready for hard-to-reach places
An exterior door of a home painted in yellow
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Adjust for Weather

An exterior door of a home painted in yellow
  • Add extra dry time for humid, wet, or cold weather
  • Check a reliable local forecast and work accordingly to ensure the best results
  • Allow the door to dry as instructed by the TDS for the paint you’ve selected
A painting contractor sprays an unfinished door using a paint sprayer
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Try These Next Level Tools

A painting contractor sprays an unfinished door using a paint sprayer
  • Door Racking Systems

  • Benefit to Contractor:
    Investing in a racking system to stack and paint multiple doors can help your painting business save time, space, and ultimately—money.

    Benefit to Homeowner:
    Less of the homeowner’s space will be taken up by drying doors.

  • Portable Spray Booths

  • Benefit to Contractor:
    Save space on the job site or at your shop.

    Benefit to Homeowner:
    Saves the living space from overspray and gives the contractor an environment to create a flawless finish.

  • HVLP & Airless Sprayers

  • Benefit to Contractor:
    Most sprayers can be used for primers, paints and stains—making them a versatile, time-saving tool. Plus, HVLP sprayers will produce less waste.

    Benefit to Homeowner:
    Besides being faster, spraying doors can provide a beautiful, smooth finish.


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