Door Painting

Exterior Door Painting
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1. When do I finish the door and what finish should I use?

Finishing (paining) your door

All of our doors are original and go through a lengthy process to get to the

pristine condition presented to you when complete.


They are not finished and will require this process as soon as you possibly can - ideally before amny moisture can get to the natural timber of the door

This can be paint or varnish on the Exterior side of the door, and if not in a high traffic area, can be waxed ( However this will need a few coats to keep totally sealed ) or oiled on the inside, if preferred.  The doors have met a standard for all finishes - however when painting you will find that you will need to adjust surface levels etc. using fillers i.e. ‘Polyfilla’ between coats.

Generally,  a door should be primed and filled, undercoated and again filled, top coated for a good finish and this carried out within a couple of weeks after fitting - as soon as possible. If not the top coat then at least the primer and hopefully the undercaot.  This seals the door to reduce any weathering.  If you are unable to do this then you may see small cracks appearing -   these will need filling with filler and priming. Please note filler does shrink back so you will need to build up the layers of filler when painting the door

Paint Finishes


Paint finishes must be used on external doors.  It is recommended  that enamel paint be used on exterior doors. 

If the door is exposed to direct sunlight then it is best to avoid dark colours, to reduce the risk of heat distortion. 

High gloss, satin or semi-gloss paints produce the best results.

Apply one coat of primer to both faces, sand lightly in the direction of the grain. 

Apply another coat of undercoat and finsh with two coats of enamel colour.

Take care to properly seal the top, bottom and sides, including behind the hinges.


Always follow the paint manufacturer's instructions. 


The procedure for interior doors is the same, however enamel or acrylic paints can be used


Stain finishes

Before applying stains all surfaces must be clean and dry.  

If light sanding is required, sand in the direction of the grain only. 

Avoid cross sanding as this will only exaggerate when stained. 

Stains do not offer any protection against the elements, so a sealer must be used. 

Because staining is a specialised technique, the manufacturer's instructions must be closely followed. 



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