Spray Paint a House Door for Under 10 Bucks

Introduction: Spray Paint a House Door for Under 10 Bucks

About: Hi my name is David, I like to make things out of Wood, also like to take things apart and fixed them.

Today I will show you all how I sprayed painted my Back door, made it look like new.

You will need the following:

Screwdriver phillips

Drill and a 1/4" drill bit

Sander and some 120 and 220 grit sandpaper

Sponge, brush and dish washing soap


Spray paint, your choice of colors. I used Rustoluem White and Black

Painters tape

cardboard or newspapers


Step 1: Step 1

The first thing, is to remove the door, use a phillips screwdriver or drill. Then remove the hardware and bottom door seal if any.

Step 2: Step 2

To get a better finish, remove the window moulding, usually they have plastic tabs covering the screws. Use a small screwdriver to pop them out, or like mine somebody painted over it, so I had to drill them out. I used a 1/4" drill bit, then used a small screwdriver to pop out the remaining piece. Then take your Phillips screwdriver and remove all the screws. Then just lift up the moulding and set aside out of the way, we will work on it later.

Step 3: Step 3

Now either sand the door by hand with sandpaper or use a DA sander. I used a DA sander with 100 and 220 grit sandpaper.

Step 4: Step 4

Now we need to wash the door real good. I used some dish washing soap, with a sponge and brush. Be sure to rinse off good and let dry for a couple of hours before continuing.

Step 5: Step 5

Mask off the windows and outer door frame. I used some old card board boxes and painters tape.

Watch the video to see how I get a crisp clean tape line on outer door frame.

Step 6: Step 6

Now that the door has dried a couple of hours, Its time to spray paint. I am using Rustoluem Gloss Black, use the color the you want for your door. Spray a light coat over the entire door, wait about 15 to 30 mintes then spray a second coat. For the last coat make sure its a good wet coat, but not to wet that it will run.

Step 7: Step 7

Scrap and sand the window moulding, wash it off just like the door and let it dry. After it has dried I spray a couple coats of Rustoluem White paint.

Let the frame dry a couple of hours then reinstall it back onto the door. Then reinstall the Door.

Step 8: Finish

Before installing the door back, remove the door rubber that will be touching the door. Leave it out for a couple of days, until the paint cures.

Now take a look at your door, it looks like a brand new one. Thanks for checking out my Instructable, I hope this helps someone.

To buy the extra white plugs, I found this website

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    4 years ago

    Awesome-able! Spray paint tech has come a long way, thank a chemist today, lol. I especially like you washing the door with dish soap & water to get it really clean (just don't use one with lotion or emollients).