Painting front door

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What type of paint would I use to paint my exterior front door black? It’s starting to fade a bit and wanted to freshen it up.
 

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What is the door made of? Wood, metal, fiberglass?

When painting a door, pull the weatherstripping out of the door frame. It is usually held in place by a spline. This will allow you to close the door and let the paint finish drying over a day or two. Especially important if you use oil based paint. If you leave the weatherstripping in place it could become glued to the door, been there, done that.

My fiberglass and metal doors are painted with gloss latex paint. On a metal door you need to remove any rust and prime it before putting on latex paint or it will rust. Automotive spray primer works fine. Latex is more forgiving than oil. Oil is probably a more durable finish. Clean the door, lightly sand any gloss off the door, clean it again and let it dry. Then apply your finish coat after priming any spots that are bare metal.
 

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What is the door made of? Wood, metal, fiberglass?

When painting a door, pull the weatherstripping out of the door frame. It is usually held in place by a spline. This will allow you to close the door and let the paint finish drying over a day or two. Especially important if you use oil based paint. If you leave the weatherstripping in place it could become glued to the door, been there, done that.

My fiberglass and metal doors are painted with gloss latex paint. On a metal door you need to remove any rust and prime it before putting on latex paint or it will rust. Automotive spray primer works fine. Latex is more forgiving than oil. Oil is probably a more durable finish. Clean the door, lightly sand any gloss off the door, clean it again and let it dry. Then apply your finish coat after priming any spots that are bare metal.
Very good advice.
 

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I've had good success with a Benjamin Moore product (ADVANCE), which is a "water-based oil paint" ...not sure how that can be...but it comes in a high-gloss, is tint-able, and levels out beautifully. A little more expensive, but a quart will more than do for a door. You'll like the way you look!
MM
 

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...which is a "water-based oil paint" ...not sure how that can be...
Nor am I. o_O You could call the number given on the paint can and ask. I wonder what they would say... or you could google "water-based oil paint".
 

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I used Behr one-coat exterior paint. I didn't paint it evenly so it took 2-1/2" coats (1/2" was bc I scraped the door on something sharp while moving it). I popped the hinge pins off and put the door on a work table and painted with a roller.
 

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Here's a quick explain of waterborne alkyd:


Also looked at the Ben Moore Advance Technical Sheet, was surprised to see that they recommend brush and roller clean water cleanup, but then a final rinse in mineral spirits to neutralize the alkyds. Makes sense...

Funny we question a waterborne alkyd paint, but most of us have seen and used waterbased polyurethane for many years now.
 
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Do you want to paint the door black again or do you want to give it a different color? Black tends to fade more quickly & soaks up more heat. That is fine in the winter, but in summer the heat absorbing properties are not great for insulation/cooling.
 
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