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Follow These Tips When Painting Your Commercial Entry Door

by غزل موسوی

If you want to paint the entry door of your commercial building, it can be a simple enough process. It just takes following the right steps and using the right products. If your entry door is made of wood, the following tips will help you get it prepared and painted.

Remove and Clean the Door

Before you do anything else, you need to get the door ready. While it is optional, removing the door from its hinges is recommended. This allows you to remove all the hardware so you paint the door only and not the hinges and doorknob, but it also makes the door easier to work with. When the door is laying flat while painting it, it also keeps you from having to deal with paint drips. After removing the door, lay it on a covered flat surface, such as the ground with a tarp on it. Now clean each side of the door to remove fingerprints, debris buildup, and dirt from the door. Don't forget to get the edges and corners. You can use mild soap and water to clean it. Flip it over and do the same thing, making sure the door is rinsed and dry before continuing.

Make Necessary Repairs

Once the door is clean, you can look closely at it for any areas that need to be repaired. It is good to fix the issues now before you start painting it. For example, you might find little cracks or holes in the door that need to be repaired. Wood filler is the perfect option for filling in any cracks you find. After adding the filler, smooth out the top so it is flush with the door, then let it dry. You can then sand the entire door to get a nice smooth surface. Run your hand across the door to make sure it is completely smooth.

Add Primer First

Primer is another optional step, but definitely helps you get a professional look when painting the door. Primer should be the same colour as your paint and applied in as many coats as needed to get a smooth, even surface of colour. Let each primer coat dry completely before adding another. You can either use a brush or roller to add primer to the door. Once that is done, you can then follow the same technique for painting the door. Once again, paint each coat, let it dry, then decide if it needs another coat.

If you aren't confident in your abilities, contact a commercial painter to handle this job for you. They can get the door painted quickly and easily