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Old 01-30-2010, 10:32 PM   #1
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Ok,

I bought 2 new steel doors and was wondering how I can paint them.

I'll spray it with a sprayer and compressor my friend has.

1) What do I use for paint...oil or 100% acrylic?

2) Since they are pre - primed, do I put any primer on first? and what do you recommend.

3) anyone had any luck painting the plastic that surrounds the window insert? I need to paint them red to match the door and was hoping to use a plastic spray can.

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Old 01-31-2010, 04:24 AM   #2
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I never trust factory primers so I would put on another coat. I guess the primer you choose will depend on what you want to use for a finish coat. I personally like 100 percent acrylics.

I honestly have not used plastic paints much yet save for redoing a kids outdoor plastic playset. I used Krylon for that and it seems to be holding up alright after a few seasons so far.

Krylon makes Fusion in spray cans for painting plastics. It comes in a variety of colors.

Rustoleum also makes paints for plastics but intriguing to me is that they offer just a primer, in liquid---not spray paint form, for plastic too. That might be worth a shot for you? Then just spray everything the same color?

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Also, depending on where you are, you are going to have to wait till it gets warmer.
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Hellothere! Chris brings up a good point. Could you take a second, click on your username, and add a basic location to your profile so we know where you are when you post? Not so important for this post but may save time and help those who comment in the future.
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I would use SW DTM Primer/Finish its a great system for all types of interior-exterior metals, we use it often with great results and it is 100% acrylic, I would use an acrylic latex over an oil or alkyd, especially on exterior metal doors, the acrylic latex will withstand the heat more and be able to expand and contract.
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I never see Duron paints mentioned which i use all the time are they not comparable?
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I never see Duron paints mentioned which i use all the time are they not comparable?
People post good things about Duron on this site. I do not know the paint as there have not been dealers where I have lived. Perhaps there are in Chicago.

Looked it up and no dealers here in Chicago either. Looks to be concentrated on the East Coast and centered around MD and DC. Duron is now a fully owned subsidiary of Sherwin Williams with the acquisition completed in 2004. In reading, it looks like it always tried to cater to pro painters and SW wanted it for that reason? Sorry for diverging from the post. Still cannot comment on Duron directly; no experience with it.

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Duron had some good and bad products. We always had decent luck with their industrial line when we carried it. Here in Virginia we use Davis DTM now. I find it to be far superior to any other DTM I've ever used. It sticks to almost anything, has very low odor, and a good thick consistency. Most other DTMs I've used are very runny for some reason. Davis is now speced on most of VDOT's roofs in the area. It's a regional company though so it could be hard to find. If you are in Duron country though it could well be available.
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I never see Duron paints mentioned which i use all the time are they not comparable?

One of my personal favorites but now that SW owns them a lot of the Duron stuff is gone, too bad.I still think their Weather Shield will stand up to any exterior paint out there, the Duration lovers will argue and they might be right as I do not use it.
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I would use SW DTM Primer/Finish its a great system for all types of interior-exterior metals, we use it often with great results and it is 100% acrylic, I would use an acrylic latex over an oil or alkyd, especially on exterior metal doors, the acrylic latex will withstand the heat more and be able to expand and contract.
So I should use 100% acrylic primer and then 100% acrylic latex on the doors?

Do you lightly sand in between coats or just make multiple light coats?

I have Ben Moore and Pittsburgh paints out here in Canada...and yes I will have to wait until it wams up
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Here is the Rustoleum plastic primer I mentioned for those plastic strips in the door. I have no experience with it personally so don't know what to tell you to expect. Getting conventional primer and paint to stay stuck to plastic is tricky though. Worth a try?


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So I should use 100% acrylic primer and then 100% acrylic latex on the doors?

Yes

Do you lightly sand in between coats or just make multiple light coats?

Prime, lightly sand, 2 finish coats

I have Ben Moore and Pittsburgh paints out here in Canada...and yes I will have to wait until it wams up
Either will work well
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Here is the Rustoleum plastic primer I mentioned for those plastic strips in the door. I have no experience with it personally so don't know what to tell you to expect. Getting conventional primer and paint to stay stuck to plastic is tricky though. Worth a try?


I have used this and it seems to work.
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Either will work well
As long as we are talking paint store Pittsburgh!

As mentioned before, why they didn't rebrand the absolute crap they sell through box stores amazes me. I had to use it on a project I did as a favor for a nfp that had it donated. What a nightmare.
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I have never seen Pittsburgh paint in the big boxes. Then again,I don't go down that isle much.

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