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Old 01-14-2020, 10:56 PM   #1
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Painting exterior door with weather stripping.


In another thread I took a new primed exterior door and painted it and had a problem with paint drying too fast. Simple job was a pain.


This door is an exterior door in the garage into the house, with weather stripping. I searched the net for paint sticking to weather stripping and see answers all over the place. Don't let weather stripping touch paint for 24 hours up to 10 days, replace weather stripping with silicone weather stripping, masking tape weather stripping. What to do?


This is Sherwin Williams interior Super paint in a satin finish.
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Old 01-15-2020, 12:27 AM   #2
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I would use oil based paint, which will harden and not be sticky. Latex paint contains plasticizers and will tend to get soft and sticky in hot weather, which FL has plenty of. Whatever you do the door has to come off or remain ajar till the paint dries.
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:17 AM   #3
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Type of weatherstripping, if it is the type that slides in the slot it is removable.
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I agree with Neal. Rubber/plastic weather stripping should be removed prior to painting. Nothing sloppier than paint spread over the stripping.
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I can't remember the last time I painted a new exterior door that didn't have removable weatherstripping. I like to remove the weatherstripping and reinstall it a few days later after the paint has had enough time to dry.


Many steel door manufactures state that using an oil base paint will void the warranty. The main reason is because the metal is thin and if it expands/contracts with temp changes oil base coatings can crack/peel and take the factory primer with it. Latex paints will flex just enough to prevent that issue.
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i say skip the oil base. Pull the stripping, reinstall in a day or two.
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Re: Painting exterior door with weather stripping.


Thanks for the responses, I should have mentioned I removed the door and laid it flat to paint. Nothing screams crap job more than paint all over weather stripping!



Now that I think about it some of the shelves I have painted with latex paint stayed sticky for a long time!


I have a set of metal swinging patio doors to do also, just the inside. What do you think of having a can of automotive type spray paint made? I have heard of it but know nothing about it.
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Sounds like you need a better quality latex paint. Many of the cheaper latex enamels never dry to a hard film and blocking [sticky] is a problem. A quality latex enamel won't have that problem.
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Sounds like you need a better quality latex paint. Many of the cheaper latex enamels never dry to a hard film and blocking [sticky] is a problem. A quality latex enamel won't have that problem.

Sherwin Williams interior Super Paint in a satin finish. This is in the garage with constant high humidity and temp.
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While I've used a good bit of SuperPaint interior satin I've never used it on doors/trim. I normally use their ProClassic waterborne enamel.
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All-Surface Enamel or Snap Dry would have been better choices than SP, although, really, SP should have been fine. A trick to keep the weather stripping from sticking to your newly painted door is to coat the weather stripping with a thin layer of WD-40. I often have to do this because homeowners want to be able to close their doors before nightfall.
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I would use oil based paint, which will harden and not be sticky. Latex paint contains plasticizers and will tend to get soft and sticky in hot weather, which FL has plenty of. Whatever you do the door has to come off or remain ajar till the paint dries.
do NOT use oil based paint (t becomes brittle as it ages, and has poor color retention). It is considered inferior to 100% Acrylic Exterior Paint.

I like SW Emerald Urethane for doors (which can actually be used for interior and exterior side of door).
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I have been scouring the net and one suggestion is using painters tape on weather stripping.. Since this door is inside the garage I have the option of leaving it off for a few days. I sealed the doorway with plastic, inconvenient going around but better than the paint peeling off door.
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Why dont you put the door on, but just leave the weather stripping out for a couple days? I dont understand.

Even at clients houses, when I paint their door, I finish the job and tell them to put it in themselves in a couple days, if Im gonna be gone.
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Why dont you put the door on, but just leave the weather stripping out for a couple days? I dont understand.

Even at clients houses, when I paint their door, I finish the job and tell them to put it in themselves in a couple days, if Im gonna be gone.



Well duh, why didn't I think of that?
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