How To Paint Metal Closet Doors: Steps & Items Needed

Steps & Items Needed To Paint Metal Closet Doors

The lifespan of the closet door is near about 20-40 years but if they look rusty, old and boring then you need to paint them which is an easy process. If you want to paint your metal closet doors then you just need to collect the required items and follow all the given steps:

Things You Will Need

  • 2 Sawhorses Or A Drop Cloth
  • 1 Wire Brush
  • 1 Small Wire Brush, Toothbrush Size
  • Steel Wool Or Fine-Grit Sandpaper
  • Scrub Brush
  • Bucket
  • Dish Detergent
  • Garden Hose (optional)
  • Rust-Inhibiting, Enamel Primer, Spray Can


After collecting all the required items then you need to follow all the given steps for this process:
  • First of all, you need to lay your closet door on a pair of sawhorses or on the drop cloth outdoors. Scour all the rusty spots with the help of a wire brush. You need to use a wire brush (toothbrush-size) in order to reach into the area of the tight space. Turn your closet door over to scour all sides of the door.
  • Abrade your whole door with the help of steel wool or with the sandpaper (fine-grit), dulling the surface of your door and removing all the small traces of rust left behind after the brushing process. Scrub your door on all sides of it by using the scrub brush and with a bucket filled with some warm water with 3-4 drops of liquid dish detergent.
  • Now you need to rinse off all the detergent with the help of a garden hose or with the bucket full of clean water and then let your metal door dry thoroughly. Take your spray can of rust-inhibiting and then shake it, enamel paint primer and pop off the cap of the spray can.
  • Simply hold your spray can nozzle approximately 12 inches from the door surface & spray an even & light coat into the crevices, seams & near the louvers. Also, apply a second coat to the same areas when the first applied coat is dried wholly. Once done, now turn your door to the opposite side and then spray 2 coats of the primer over the crevices, seams & around louvers and let the first coat dry earlier before applying the second coat.
  • Now you need to apply a light, even coat of primer along all the sides of your metal door that faces up and do the primer work in a steady & side-to-side motion. Spray some more primer along all the edges of your metal door. Now, spray a second coat when the first coat dried completely.
  • Let the applied primer dry for few hours before turning your door over & applying two more coats of primer to the opposite side of your door.
  • Next, you need to shake and open a can of rust-inhibiting (spray enamel paint) and then apply 3 light, even layer of paint on hard-to-reach spaces around the louvers of the door, let dry each coat before applying the next coat. Turn your door over & then repeat on the opposite side of your door.
  • Finally spray 3 coats of your paint over the upward-facing side of your metal door and along the sides of it by using the same light, sweeping motion. Let each coat of enamel paint dry before applying the next coat. Turn your door over, and then repeat on the opposite side as you do before.
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