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Old 02-11-2009, 10:30 AM   #1
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I am needing to paint the interior side of a couple of steel exterior doors. What is the best way to do this.
Do they need primed? special primer of some sort? Or can you just put a latex interior paint over a scuffed surface from the factory, which I assume is primed somewhat anyway.

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It should be primered from the factory. If weather and space permits, the easiest way is to remove the hinge pins, lay it on saw horses and then paint it. This will help prevent runs. A good acrylic latex should work fine for your project.

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I would only use an oil base on steel doors and spay it on.
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I went to a local paint store and they told me to use an alkyd primer then top coat with whatever i wanted which I already have a part gallon of latex from the other interior doors i can use.

OR they said just get a gallon of oil based paint to match and skip the primer.

any thoughts on that?
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I would still prime. That door I am sure will get a lot of abuse so you want the most durable finish you can get and you will get that with a coat of good quality primer.
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yeah thats what i figured would be best. But witht he added step ill have to wait until it warms up a little more so i can take the door off without freezing everyone out. No big deal, id rather do it once than come back and do it again when the paint chips off.
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Lay it down and spray for best results IMO
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For steel, and factory primed (notorious for being "iffy" at best), the best way to finish it is to re-prime with alkyd/oil (still the best for rust prevention) and top-coat with either a solvent-based (alkyd/oil) or waterborne enamel

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