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ranae 01-08-2011 01:18 AM

Painting Fiber Glass doors
 
How do you finish a fiber glass door? Do you use primer? What kind? What kind of paint do you use?

chrisn 01-08-2011 03:51 AM

One coat Fresh Start primer, 2 coats Aura, both Ben Moore products:yes:

Make sure it is clean and dry first, it also would'nt hurt to scruff it up with some sandpaper first.

housepaintingny 01-08-2011 02:38 PM

As an alternative to painting you can also give a fiberglass door a faux wood look. If it is a textured door just apply a gel stain and a couple coats of poly over the gel stain. if it is a smooth fiberglass door follow the same steps except use a grain tool to create faux wood grain. you can find a photo of a faux wood grain fiberglass door at our site here http://www.kelloggspainting.com/Photo-Gallery.html scroll to the bottom row and it is in the right column

spraygunn 01-08-2011 03:58 PM

Hey ranae,
housepaintingny brings up a good point regarding woodgraining the door. Does your door have an embossed grain pattern? If yes, have you considered woodgraining it?
If you just want to paint the door, lightly sand the surface using 220 grit sand paper and finish using two (maybe 3 if necessary) a good quality acrylic latex semi gloss exterior or interior (depending which side you wish to paint). I wouldn't prime the surface since it's synthetic and non porous. If you want to woodgrain the door, lightly sand the surface and using a gel stain, apply the stain using cheese cloth allow ample drying time and then apply two coats of a good quality oil base spar varnish or three coats of a good quality waterborne semi or gloss finish. The exterior side must be finished using an exterior formulated varnish or paint whether oil or waterborne.
Good Luck,
Steve
www.handpaintedbysteve.com

housepaintingny 01-08-2011 04:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by spraygunn (Post 565649)
Hey ranae,
housepaintingny brings up a good point regarding woodgraining the door. Does your door have an embossed grain pattern? If yes, have you considered woodgraining it?
If you just want to paint the door, lightly sand the surface using 220 grit sand paper and finish using two (maybe 3 if necessary) a good quality acrylic latex semi gloss exterior or interior (depending which side you wish to paint). I wouldn't prime the surface since it's synthetic and non porous. If you want to woodgrain the door, lightly sand the surface and using a gel stain, apply the stain using cheese cloth allow ample drying time and then apply two coats of a good quality oil base spar varnish or three coats of a good quality waterborne semi or gloss finish. The exterior side must be finished using an exterior formulated varnish or paint whether oil or waterborne.
Good Luck,
Steve
www.handpaintedbysteve.com

You can use the same gel stain on the exterior side too, but you will have to apply a few coats of an exterior poly over the exterior side


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