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Old 04-06-2009, 12:27 PM   #1
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Hello,

Wife and I decided to paint the front entry door. We are both trying to decide between white (color matched to siding) or blue (colored matched to shutters).

I'm going to change the hardware (deadbolt and handle) to satin nickel and install a satin nickel kick plate and knocker. Hopefully it will dress up the door until I can afford a replacement.

Any advice on the color choice?
How about some tips on painting the steel door?
Notice how the trim around the sidelights yellowed!

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Before (blue door and blue sidelights)



After (red door w/ white sidelights)



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Fusion paint makes a spray that will work on the sidelights. Oil is best for the door and spraying this is the best way to go. Blue will look much better than white. White will just not work well for curb appeal. If you need to brush it on, use enamel paint. In all cases be sure it is exterior. Better quality paints are worth the money and will be the only way to achieve good results.

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Bob, is this what your talking about for the sidelight trim http://www.krylon.com/products/fusion_for_plastic/ the Fusion plastic white satin spray paint?

Figures, the wife is right! I want to be able to match the blue as close to the shutters, any thought on that?

Also, it's very apparent the original painter used a brush, the paint is 7 years old, should I sand the door?

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I would. Sand with 400 grit wet sandpaper and lots of water to avoid clogging the paper. The door will look better if it stands out. A color more like the shingles will work. Or a deeper more purple color. You need something that will work with the shutter color, but not the same. Again. Do not let it wash out, let it stand out.
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Played with Photo Shop a little. What do you think?

more purple:

Picture #1


or more red:

Picture #2

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Keep playing... you can surely see these do not work. Try BM soot # 2129-20
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like the 2nd image door color it is striking and looks good enough. Your walls are white dark colored doors will look fantastic.

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I like that BM Soot color, tried to match it - still a little off.

Picture #3


More brown:

Picture #4

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But #1 of this picture looks the best so far.
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But #1 of this picture looks the best so far.
I Attached the wrong Soot example (picture #3,) pictured below I believe is a closer resemblance to the sample color you recommended. I've also labeled each photo. Thanks for everyone's help!

Soot

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BTW, should the sidelights being painted white or color matched to the door?
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Picture #6 -

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no... Leave them white. It is the door you want to see. You seem to having more fun on the computer or is this to avoid the painting?
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no... Leave them white. It is the door you want to see. You seem to having more fun on the computer or is this to avoid the painting?

You know it!! Don't want to repaint, once a decision is made. I have a couple of days to play with, since it's so unseasonably cold.

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picture #6 wins it looks much better than before

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