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If you’ve recently redecorated your room, the door can stand out like a sore thumb.

But the good news is it’s an easy job and you don’t have to remove the door from its hinges. Here’s our quick guide to painting a door.

What you’ll need


Follow the steps in the video or scroll down for our step by step guide:

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How to paint a door without brush marks

Brush marks are most common when a job is rushed and key steps are missed. So the most effective way to cut down on brush marks is by taking your time and paying attention to the job.

Here are the best ways you can cut down on brush marks.

  1. Lay the door flat

Painting on the hinges is possible but if you really want to cut down on brush marks, take your door off its hinges and lay it flat.

You can apply a thicker coat of paint this way without it running, giving the paint a better opportunity to level out and for brush marks to disappear.

It also means you won’t get paint on your hinges for a very important finish.

  1. Use a roller as much as possible

A foam roller used on the door face is an obvious way to cut down on brush marks.

Apply even pressure and work in a V motion to spread the paint. Make sure you don’t go over painted areas too much or you run the risk of spreading it too thin and leaving marks.

As a rule of thumb, use a paintbrush on grooved areas and a roller on flat expanses.

  1. Sand between coats

This is such an easy step but is one most people choose to skip.

Lightly sanding between coats helps to even out bumps and raised brush marks, leaving you with a flat surface for your next coat.

Scroll on to read a step by step guide

Step 1

Prepare your door

Your door will have accumulated years of grime from sticky fingers and dirty hands touching it. So you’ll need to clean it. Sugar soap will help to remove any excess dirt and give you an even base to paint on. Don’t forget to remove the door handle and firmly wedge the door open before you being or you’ll find yourself chasing your door with a paintbrush. If your door is brand new, you’ll need to prime the wood before you paint it. This helps to keep it healthy and makes the paint stick better. If it’s an older door, then you will need to sand it down going with the grain for a smooth finish.

prepare your door

Step 2

Find your colour

A wood primer will give you an even finish and ensures a rich pigment when you use a bold colour. Our grey Wood Primer & Undercoat is ideal if you want to cover or use a bold colour. When it comes to choosing the colour for our door, you don’t have to stick to plain white. Transform it into a feature piece or make it blend seamlessly in with your walls, your door can be a part of your interior design scheme.

wood primer on door

Step 3

Paint your door

There’s an art to painting a door. To get the best finish without any brush marks or dripping paint, you have to paint in a specific order. Use a 1.5” or 2” brush and start with the edges of your door before moving on to the panels. Paint with the grain. Next, paint the horizontal sections working from top to bottom and then move on to the vertical section. Repeat with a second coat. Leave the paint to dry for 2-4 hours before closing your door.

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