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Old 06-02-2008, 02:48 PM   #1
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I want to paint my front and back doors. They are Stanley metal doors and was wondering if anyone can give me the steps needed to paint them? Do I need to use a special paint (rustoleum) designed just for metal? Also is it any different than painting an interior wall, prime then two coats? Any advice would be great as I want to do it right the first time.


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1st off,Are the doors pre-primed? old paint? oil or latex?

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They have never been painted or primed, but have been using them for about 2-3 years now. I think I have to rough them up with some 200 grit sand paper before I paint. I'm just wondering what is the best way to paint them brush,roller or spray paint? Also do I need specific metal paint.


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A primer and a nice interior/exterior "Metal & Wood" enamel would work

For example, I like Ben Moore's M&W
The low lustre is self-priming, so a coat of low lustre, then a coat or two of high gloss would do just fine

Other than that, you could prime both sides (I'm assuming these are exterior doors), and use in interior enamel inside, and an exterior (trim) paint outside
In this case I would use BM's Waterborne Impervo inside, and BM's Moorglo Soft Gloss outside

As they are bare and I'm guessing rust isn't an issue, acrylic or alkyd, your choice
Alkyds (oils) tend to be better rust inhibitors
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TI think I have to rough them up with some 200 grit sand paper before I paint.
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I'm just wondering what is the best way to paint them brush,roller or spray paint?
Your choice
Rollers will leave stipple
Brush will leave brush marks
Spray will leave overspray on any/everything not covered

I'm one who feels trim and doors should be brushed, and a few brush marks shows the "hand crafted" finish
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Thanks for the pointers! I guess it's kind of like pick your poisen as far as application.


I think I will use a brush.

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