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LISAinTN 04-04-2011 06:46 AM

Question about painting metal door

We're having a house built and some of the exterior doors came pre-primed and ready to paint. (I think they are steel. If it matters, I will find out for sure) The painter painted the doors and this weekend, I noticed a small white mark on one of the doors. I thought something had gotten on the door, so I took my fingernail to lightly scratch it off and the paint came off the door. The white spot wasn't something on the door, but a place where the paint had gotten bumped off already. I lightly scratched some more and it very easily came right off! So I went to a spot in the door where the paint was still on, lightly scratched on the paint and it too came off. If I wanted to, I could easily scratched all the paint off the door. My question is, what went wrong? I talked to the contractor this morning and he's going to talk to the painter today, but I'm afraid these doors are ruined. Any advice/opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


oldognewtrick 04-04-2011 08:35 AM

Lisa, did just the paint come off or did the paint AND primmer also release from the door?

LISAinTN 04-04-2011 09:34 AM

Hi Olddog,

No, just the paint. Well, I assume just the paint because it's white underneath.


joecaption 04-05-2011 08:18 AM

It should have been cleaned, very lightly sanded, wiped down with mineral spirts, then painted with nothing but a Quailty 100% Acrilic latex paint. And never paint any door of any material that's going to get direct sun with a dark color. It will distroy the door.

LISAinTN 04-05-2011 08:45 AM

Thanks Joe. It ended up they're getting new doors in. They tried the paint on some temporary doors yesterday and only a few minutes after it was applied, we couldn't scratch it off. I think the primer on the other doors was bad or something. It's the only thing that makes any sense anyway. Thanks for your info.


epox 04-26-2011 01:04 PM

Sometimes latex paint does not bond good to some of the primer that comes on new doors.....even if you prep it really good. I always use a exterior oil base primer on new doors before I top coat them ....never have had anymore problems with them.

HDwetPaint 05-23-2011 09:19 AM

Hello Lisa, I’m glad to hear everything worked out for you, but just for future reference even though the doors you had purchased came pre primed It is still recommended that you go ahead and apply a fresh coat of primer on them anyway. Most often they apply this primer coat to protect them during shipping. It doesn’t happen too often but I have experienced exactly what is happening to you and ever since I’ve re primed and never had a problem afterwards.

RonnySanders 03-10-2012 01:16 AM

It is important to sand and prime the door first. You should use a high quality latex paint for this metal door.

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