Easy Process Of Painting A Metal Door Using Oil Based Paint
Painting a metal door is somehow similar to painting a car, however, the quality of the painting is entirely dependent on how much effort you put into the preparation. You have to fill as well as flatten dents, otherwise, they will show up, which in turn will make you to clean, etch as well as prime the surface, or the paint may lift. You will get the best results if you apply oil-based paint using a sprayer, however, if you don't have spray equipment, then you can get good results using a brush. The important point here is to thin the paint in order to make sure it flows out and to spread it in thin coats. In order to paint a metal door using an oil-based paint, go through the below-mentioned steps carefully:
- Remove All The Door Hardware
First of all, pull out all the door hardware, which may include the knob, deadbolt, and latch, with the help of a screwdriver. Protect the hinges using masking tape and the windows using masking paper and tape. If the door has weatherstripping, remove it and clean the adhesive off the door by applying acetone on a rag. Unscrew as well as get rid of the sweep on the bottom of the door, if there is one.
- Wash The Door With Detergent & Warm Water
Wash the door using detergent and warm water. Wait for the door to dry before wiping it down with the help of a rag dampened with acetone in order to get rid of any grease that the detergent didn't dissolve.
- Fill Dents, Depressions & Other Defects Before Sanding
Fill dents, depressions, as well as other defects with the help of auto body filler. Mix the filler with the hardener that comes with it in the proportion that is suggested on the container and spread it where needed with the help of a putty knife. Scrape it flat using the knife before it hardens. After it hardens, sand it flat using 120-grit sandpaper, before sanding the entire door using a 220-grit sandpaper in order to etch the old finish. Wipe the door using a rag.
- Apply Oil-based Metal Primer On The Door
Prime the door using an oil-based metal primer before spraying the primer with the help of a compressed air spray gun or spread it using a brush. If you spray, it is important to keep the door open and cover the doorway using plastic sheeting. Wear a respirator while spraying or painting with the help of a brush. Allow the primer to dry completely, which takes at least 2 hours, before sanding the door lightly using 220-grit sandpaper and wipe off the dust.
- Spray Oil-based Paint On The Door
Finally, spray or paint one thin coat of oil-based paint using a brush. Whether you spray or paint, it is important to thin it with about 10 percent mineral spirits in order to help it flow out. It is ok if you don't get complete coverage with this coat. Allow the paint to dry overnight, before sanding it using 220-grit sandpaper and apply another thin coat. You may be satisfied after this coat, if not, then you need to apply a third coat after sanding the second.