How To Paint Internal Doors

December 19th, 2023

If you have had your room decorated, thinking about updating the colour or finish of the door can really pull the whole look together, especially if your internal doors haven’t had a lot of love for a while! Here are some top decorating tips and key finishes that can be used when painting interior doors.

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Tip #1: Do you remove the door from its hinges or leave it in place?

There are pros and cons to both. Removing the door from its hinges allows you to work quickly and you will avoid any potential sagging or drips. You will also be able to paint every edge of the door with ease. You will however have to wait for the door to completely dry before you’re able to paint the other side. Leaving the door in place will allow you to paint both sides, but you will be unable to paint every side of the door.

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Tip #2: Preparation.

Make sure you sand the door down to provide a key, allowing your paint to adhere to the surface. The door must be clean and completely dust free before painting. Remove any hardware or cover with masking tape to avoid any painting mistakes! It is really important you sand in between coats for the best finish as well.

Tip #3: Painting panelled doors.

If your door has panelling or moulding, you will need to paint these first. Start with the upper-left hand panel and work your way down. Make sure you paint the edges first with a brush before painting the panels. Ensure there is no paint build up in the corners of each panel. Once you have painted each panel, paint the centre door stiles vertically, then horizontally. 

Tip #4: Painting the sides.

Once you have painted each side of the door, you can paint around the edges. Ensure there are no sags or runs by brushing out any excess paint. The best way to avoid sagging is to not overload your brush or roller during the painting process. 

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Recommended finishes:

There are some fantastic products at Brewers that can be used to paint internal doors, but here are just some of our favourites! To find your perfect finish, head into your local Brewers or get in touch with our Product Advisors.

Benjamin Moore Advance:

Advance Satin provides the same application and performance of a solvent-based paint, but as a water-based product can be cleaned with soap and water and keeps VOC content low. Advance Satin has an extended open time allowing for a high-end finish.  

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Dulux Diamond Satinwood:

Dulux Trade Satinwood is more durable and long-lasting satin finish compared to standard emulsions, which provides excellent protection from grease, stains, and scratches. This water-based product has been designed to be used in high-traffic areas.

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Johnstone’s Aqua Guard:

Johnstone's Trade Aqua Guard is a durable water-based satin, suitable for interior use on wood and metal. Surface protection technology provides defence against wear and tear, scratches and greasy finger marks. It is a long-lasting finish with advanced application qualities and great hiding power.

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Farrow & Ball Dead Flat:

All-new Dead Flat is the most matt finish from Farrow & Ball, creating richer colour from every angle. Suitable for walls, woodwork and metal, this multi-surface emulsion creates a colour-drenched transformation with just one finish. Its exceptional coverage and low splatter make application quick and easy too. Scrubbable and scuff-resistant, Dead Flat creates beautiful spaces that stay beautiful. 

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