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Old 03-03-2016, 12:25 PM   #1
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We are replacing our interior doors. Going to white 6-panel. Is the coating on a prefinished door going to be more durable than if we bought primed doors and painted them ourselves?
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Hollow core MDF doors?
What's the chances a prefinshed door color is going to match the baseboard trim?
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Thanks. Yes, hollow core. The description says "wood grain hardboard." We are replacing just the doors (slabs). The doors are "brite white" and the trim is all high gloss white, so I'm not terribly concerned about color matching. I've had a change to look at the doors and like the color/appearance. I know I will need to sand and paint the exposed/visible edge on each door, but have the information from the manufacturer to match that paint. Located in Central Ohio.
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Ever tried to make a slab door fit before?
It would be about 1/2 the work to have ordered prehung doors.
Just order them primed and paint yourself.
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We haven't purchased anything yet, and have talked to an "old school" master carpenter who will be doing whichever install we end up going with. I was trying to find out if the paint/finish on the prefinished doors would be more durable. Thanks.
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Usually the finish on those pre-finished doors IS more durable than applying paint of your own. The main reason is that they are usually sprayed in a controlled environment and then baked in a drying room producing a hard, durable finish. Of course, it varies depending on the manufacturer. There are some companies who make very cheap MDF doors that don't compare to the higher end pre-finished products of other companies.
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Can you recommend a manufacturer? I'm a newbie and don't know if you're allow to do that on here. Thanks!
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No one here knows where on the planet you are so hard for anyone to suggest where to go.
I've never once installed a prefinished door and likely never will.
It's going to cost you far more to have a custom fit, prefinished and hung slab, then to just install a whole new prehung door and paint it yourself.
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Doors are fairly easy to paint, with minimum brush painting. Tape off the hinge. Remove locks and put rosin paper flat under. Cut the tape to the hinge edges. Paint 2 times and don't paint thick. I roll the recessed panels first, frame and brush over. Always look out for the runs, esp along the edges. Keep the brush marks with the joints. You can put second coating in less than an hour.
Factory finish may be durable, but that's usually for outside finish. Indoor finish paint is good quality and all the work necessary to hang the doors will mean touch up and you can't touch up semi/gloss paints. Cut the paint over the hinge and peel off. Use blue tape.
I also sand the factory primer, but usually they are already dirty. I prime them again.

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