October 28, 2021

How to Paint a Front Door Without Removing It

How to Paint a Front Door Without Removing It

First impressions are everything, they will either leave you with a feeling of ease or add to your anxiety. The front door is your house’s face, and the first thing people see, it must look impressive. People must walk up to your front door and feel awe, comfort, and beauty. The color that you choose for your front door will set the tone for the entire house. Painting the front door is not very difficult, let’s look at a few simple steps on how to paint an outside door.

Tools and Materials You Need to Paint Your Front Door

Tools to Paint Your Front Door
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • 2 cloths
  • Sandpaper
  • Dust mask
  • Safety goggles
  • Paint tray
  • Wide paint brush or roller
  • Small paint brush or roller
  • Putty knife
  • Painter’s tape
  • Scissors
  • Exterior primer paint
  • Exterior paint

How to Paint a Front Door Without Removing It in 5 Easy Steps

You’re probably wondering how to paint my front door well, don’t fret, let’s look at a step by step on how to get it done together.

Step #1: Choose Your Front Door Color

Choose Your Front Door Color

Your front door paint will have an impact on you and your visitors. It is important that the color you choose reflects your sense of style, matches your house, and inspires a great first impression. Neutral hues such as brown or gray or even black are classic front door colors, but some reds, blues, or even yellow colors can be an excellent choice for a more unique and daring look. It is important to purchase a paint that is especially designed for exterior purposes so that it doesn’t get damaged too much over time by weather conditions.

Step #2: Clean Your Front Door

Clean Your Front Door Before Painting

This is an important step. No paint will stick to a dirty, greasy, grimy, or rusty surface, which is why it is important to clean the door well before painting your front door. It is usually enough to use an all-purpose cleaner, some warm water, and a cloth to clean it with, but sometimes the dirt that accumulates on front doors may be more challenging. If this becomes an issue, it is wise to wash the front door several times before painting it.

Step #3: Prepare Your Front Door for Painting

Step #3.1: Strip The Front Door of The Old Paint

Strip The Front Door of The Old Paint

After washing the front door, you must let it dry before proceeding with this next step which is stripping the door. It is important to note here that not all doors have to be stripped necessarily. Once the door has been examined and you notice that it is smooth, you will know that your prep work has been cut in half. However, if you see the old paint has bubbled and it’s chipping off in certain places, then it’s time to roll up your sleeves. Please note that if your door is made of solid wood, it is preferable to strip it but gently as not to damage the door.

Step #3.2: Sand Out The Imperfections

Sand Out the door Before Painting

Before painting a front door, it is essential to sand out the imperfections to ensure that the paint sticks to the door and is done in a durable way. When sanding down the door, you want it to have a bit of a natural look or grip, but you have to be mindful not to sand it too much as this could damage the front door.

Step #3.3: Apply The Painter's Tape to Your Front Door

 Painters Tape Door Painting

Before applying painter’s tape on your door to prepare it for painting, you must make sure that all surfaces where you will place the tape are clean. Dust particles can reduce the tape’s efficacy and therefore damage your door. It is essential to cover every part of your door that you don’t want to paint, such as glass, knobs, and any decorations on your door.

Step #4: Paint The Door

Paint a Front Door Without Removing It

When painting a front door, it is advised to go into this project well-organized and set out a good strategy. Before even starting to paint your front door, make sure that the door is clean, dry and the painter tape covers all parts you do not wish to paint. Once that is done, it is important to choose the right paint. Primer and exterior paints are required. For exterior doors, it is recommended to use an acrylic resin latex-based paint with a semi-gloss finish for the best results. This type of paint will protect the door; it will ensure that it doesn’t get affected by harsh weather conditions, doesn’t crack, and doesn’t start chipping.

When painting your front door, it always starts with the knobs and edges near the door windows. These hard-to-reach places should be painted first, and if any paint starts dripping down, it is important to damp it gently with a cloth. It is always recommended to paint following the grain and the grooves in your door in an up and down motion. It is important to avoid streaks for aesthetic purposes. The number of coats of paint needed will depend on the paint you use, but often 2 coats are enough.

Step #5: Remove The Painter's Tape and Let The Paint Dry

How to Paint Your Front Door

It is essential at this stage to take your time and gently use a putty knife to remove the painter’s tape. Avoid accidentally scratching off the paint. Remove the tape at a 45-degree angle.


Painting your front door from time to time is important because you want to make sure that your house always looks the best inside and out. It can be a lengthy project, especially if the preparations are done correctly, but it is well worth the effort. Please get up and look at your front door. Has it seen better days? If the answer is yes, then you know it is time to break out those paintbrushes.

Contact Oahu Pro Painter today to have your front door and house painted by qualified professionals!

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How to Paint a Front Door Without Removing It
Written By:
Karl Van Zadnt

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