Painting of Door in Melbourne Kew

How to Paint a Door with Gloss Enamel

Many of you may have asked the question: How to paint a door with gloss enamel? By painting the door in sections will help you to produce a paint finish that is smooth and evenly coated.


Painting Door in Melbourne Balwyn

Completed Painting of a Door



Firstly it is important to make sure that your door does not contain any lead paint. I wrote a post about how to check for Lead Paint and it is vital that you read the article because it will determine what preparation is required. Assuming your door is new or post 1980 and in sound condition, then the preparation is straight forward and involves the following process:

  • Making sure that all nail holes, dents and scratches are filled with timber putty and left to dry
  • A light sand of the entire door is required to smooth the timber putty, to remove any sharp edges and to dull the sheen level of the paint if it has an existing coating already
  • Wipe down and/or wash to remove any chalkiness, residue dirt, dust or grease
  •  Spot prime any sections that have bare timber or repaired areas

Painting Steps…. begin with

Once the preparation is completed you only need a small brush and a small mohair roller.

  • Start by painting the side edge of the door that has the hinges screwed into it. Careful not to paint them!! The reason for this is that any paint that creeps around the edge of the door onto the face of the door can be removed by the brush and roller immediately.
  • Once that is done, we move onto the panels of the door. You can start on any panel by using the brush to cut in the groves first and then the roller to paint the middle.
  • When the first panel is completed, go onto the next panel and apply the same method until all of the panels are completed as demonstrated below.


Next step…

When the panels are completed, the remainder of the door is quite quick to finish as you only need to use the roller to cover the remainder of the door and the brush to feather off any air bubbles.

  • Begin painting the top, middle and bottom horizontal rails first
  • Then paint the vertical stiles on the hinge side, middle and lock side as shown below
  • Remember before you paint the vertical stiles, take the brush and cut in on the edge of the door to the hinge side as the roller will not reach the edge cleanly.

What next….

Now that you have completed one side, do the other side the same way and when that is finished don’t forget to paint the edge of the door on the lock side. Repeat the process for the second coat after the door has dried and had a light sand between coats. You are now ready to tackle all the doors in you house.

Terry Zabak (Author)

I’m the Managing Director of TMZ Painting and when I’m not painting, my passions include studying the Italian language, playing my acoustic guitar, sport, experiencing new food and cuisines in hidden hideaways' and I also like traveling either locally or somewhere overseas.