Painting a steel door is not aimed to beautify it, but it is also intended to avoid it for getting any rust or other damages. You can use whatever kind of painter, brush, roller paint, or airless spray to apply it, but before doing it, you need to discover how to conduct it. Here are several steps that you need to know.
- An Acrylic paint is the best choice for your project
Due to Acrylic paint is more resistant to sunlight exposure than oil-based paint, so it will stay longer. Moreover, it can be cleaned up easily with only soap and water if it is splashed by dirt.
- Get rid all things from the steel door
All things, include hardware should be taken off before doing the painting job. You can use a screwdriver or drill to take out the knob and strike plate. Then, remove all accessories on the door, for instance a kick plate or door knocker.
- Take off the door from its frame and hinges
To loosen and pull the screws from the frame, you can use a drill to help you with it.
- Clean the door
Use cloth or a rag and soap or alcohol to clean the entire door. Pay close attention and rub firmly on the areas with extra dirt.
- Cover the unpainted areas
Trim or anything else you don’t wish to paint by using painter’s tape to mask off windows.
- Mend any Dents in the door
To even out dents or cracks, you can use auto body filler. Sand the affected areas until their surfaces are even with the surfaces of the door. Start sanding with 100- grit sandpaper, and transition to using 150-grit sandpaper to finish smoothing.
- Choose 150-grit sandpaper to sand the entire door
Sanding the door is aimed to prepare the surface so that the paint will stick firmly to the steel door.
- Prime the door if it’s new
Roll or brush on 1 coat of a universal quick-drying oil-based primer and then dry it at least 24 hours.
- Paint the steel door with 2 coats of paint
Before applying the second coat, you should make sure the first coat is dry already. You can use brush or air less spray gun to apply the paint.
- Finish up the project
After drying the paint completely, you can install back the hardware using a drill onto the door. Remember to remove the tape which covers the unpainted area. After the tape is removed, you can put the door back on its hinges.