First consider the type of paint that you will be using to paint your door. Keep in mind that doors see a significant amount of traffic, which means they have to endure a lot of abuse. To keep your door looking great, consider a high quality latex semi-gloss paint. This does a good job of protecting your door and enables easy clean-up.
To start the paint job, open the door wide to reach all of the sections that need to be covered. Protect hinges and other metal with masking tape.
Always start at the top. If the door is paneled, paint the panels first, the horizontal sections next and finally the vertical sections. If the door opens into the room you are painting, use the same color on the latch edge that you have used for the rest of the door. If it opens into the next room, do not paint the hinged edge. It should be the same color as the other room.
If you're painting an exterior door, make sure that you're not painting in direct sunlight. And check the weather report to ensure that your door has plenty of time to dry before any rain comes.
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