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How to paint a glass panelled door

Posted by admin
January 11th, 2010

Diagram of glass panelled door and numbered sequence for painting (copyrignt Adrian Rayfield)

Painting a glass panelled door

This tip applies to both interior and exterior glass panelled doors, it doesn’t matter how many panels there are, whether it be a 2, 4, 8, 12 or even 15 panelled door, the principle is the same.

The first job is to remove the door furniture such as handles, letterbox, knocker etc, now cover the floor with a dustsheet to catch any splashes of paint. The next job is to remove any loose paint as well as any dirt and grime.

Next rub the door down, depending on the surface you are painting over and its condition 80-grit sandpaper will be fine to use. Rub down, going in the direction of the grain, if you have an internal ‘grain effect’ door be careful not to rub too hard and run the grain effect off!

Make sure you rub down all of the edges of the glazing beads, but be careful not to scratch the glass.

Once you have rubbed down ie ‘keyed’ the surface with the sand / glass paper dust off the surface. If the door has any bare wood showing you will need to use the appropriate primer. Once the primer is dry you can paint the door with a suitable undercoat, finally the finish coat (gloss, satinwood or woodstain etc) of your choice.

So what order do I paint the panel door?

OK, here is the order to paint your panel door:

  1. Paint the door edge, you should always paint the edge you will see if the door is open. Number 1 in diagram. If it is an exterior door you should also paint the top of the door, and the bottom if you can.
  2. Paint all the glazing beads and muntins. Paint each window in turn, try and not get too much paint on the railes or stiles. You can brush the excess paint off with an unloaded brush. Number 2 in diagram.
  3. Paint the top rail, number 3 in diagram.
  4. Paint the two side stiles next, numbers 4 and 5 in diagram.
  5. Finally paint the bottom rail. Number 6 in diagram.
  6. If you are using gloss, check to ensure the paint hasn’t run off the glazing beads, if there are runs simply brush them out with a dry brush.
  7. You should now have a newly painted door!

NOTES:
Stiles: vertical parts
Rails: horizontal parts
Glazing beads: holds the glass in door
Muntin: vertical glazing beads

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How to paint a flush door

Posted by admin
November 1st, 2009

Diagram of flush door and numbered sequence for painting (copyrignt Adrian Rayfield)

Painting a flush door

This tip applies to both interior and exterior flush doors. Flush doors have no panels on them so you may find it easier and quicker to use a gloss roller to paint the door, see the note at the end of this tip.

The first job is to remove the door furniture such as handles, letterbox, knocker etc, now cover the floor. The next job is to remove any loose paint as well as any dirt and grime. Next rub the door down, depending on the surface you are painting over and its condition 80-grit sandpaper will be fine. Rub down, going in the direction of the grain.

Once you have ‘keyed’ the surface with the sand / glass paper dust off the surface. If the door has any bare wood showing you will need to use the appropriate primer. Once the primer is dry you can paint the door with a suitable undercoat, finally the finish coat (woodstain, gloss or satinwood etc) of your choice.

So what order do I paint the flush door?

OK, here is the order to paint your flush door:

If you imagine the door split up into sections, say 6 sections. (Shown as red line in diagram). You may want to work in smaller sections, so divide the door into 8 sections. You should work quickly and complete the door in one go.

  1. Paint the door edge, you should always paint the edge you will see if the door is open. Number 1 in diagram. If it is an exterior door you should also paint the top of the door, and the bottom if you can.
  2. Paint the first two sections. Numbers 2 and 3 in the diagram.
  3. Paint the next two sections. Numbers 4 and 5 in the diagram. Blend the paint of section 2 and 4 with long brush strokes, do the same for section 3 and 5.
  4. Finally paint the two remaining sections. Numbers 6 and 7 in diagram. Blend the sections as before.
  5. If you are using gloss, check to ensure the paint hasn’t run, if there are runs simply brush them out.
  6. You should now have a newly painted door!

NOTES:
If you are using a gloss roller, work in the same way as above and when the entire door is covered, roll from top to bottom across the door, then do it again but this time without applying any preasure to the roller, this should eliminate any ‘air’ bubbles the roller may have left.

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How to paint a panel door?

Posted by admin
May 6th, 2009

Diagram of panel door and numbered sequence for painting (copyrignt Adrian Rayfield)
This tip applies to both interior and exterior panelled doors, it doesn’t matter how many panels there are, whether it be a 1, 2, 4 or 6 panelled door, the principle is the same.

The first job is to remove the door furniture such as handles, letterbox, knocker etc, now cover the floor. The next job is to remove any loose paint as well as any dirt and grime. Next rub the door down, depending on the surface you are painting over and its condition 80-grit sandpaper will be fine. Rub down, going in the direction of the grain, if you have an internal ‘grain effect’ door be careful not to rub too hard!

Once you have ‘keyed’ the surface with the sand / glass paper dust off the surface. If the door has any bare wood showing you will need to use the appropriate primer. Once the primer is dry you can paint the door with a suitable undercoat, finally the finish coat (gloss or satinwood etc) of your choice.

So what order do I paint the panel door?

OK, here is the order to paint your panel door:

  1. Paint the door edge, you should always paint the edge you will see if the door is open. Number 1 in diagram. If it is an exterior door you should also paint the top of the door, and the bottom if you can.
  2. Paint the panels. Numbers 2-7 in diagram.
  3. Paint the top mullion and rail, numbers 8 and 9 in diagram, and work through all mullions and rails finishing with the bottom rail. Number 14 in diagram.
  4. Finally paint the two stiles. Numbers 15 and 16 in diagram.
  5. If you are using gloss, check to ensure the paint hasn’t run off the panels, if there are runs simply brush them out with a dry brush.
  6. You should now have a newly painted door!

NOTES:

Stiles: vertical parts
Mullion: vertical parts between panels
Rails: horizontal parts
Panels: moulded ‘inset’ shaped areas

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