Before painting, let us first look into the types of doors. There are basically two door types : the flush or flat door and the panelled door. Apart from the structural categorization, there are also different materials that could be used (wood, masonite and hollow-core).
When painting a door, you can either unhinge or leave it hanging. Either way you need to clean the door with soap, scrap it if necessary, sand it, dust it and fill cracks and holes with fillers. Once you are done with all this, prime the entire door. This will help block any stains and will also provide an even surface for the topcoat. Once the primer is dry, you can get down to the actual painting.
- Flat or Flush Doors: Like with the walls, start at the top left-hand corner and paint about one-sixth of the door in one go. Paint vertical strips and finish of with horizontal strips. Paint in sections and finish of quickly, to avoid visible lines and get an even smooth finish. Paint the edges and the frame. While doing this, protect the hinges with low-adhesion tape.
- Panelled Doors: Start with the moulding around the panels. Once this is done, paint the panels, top to bottom. Like earlier, start with vertical strips and finish off with horizontal strips. Next paint the sections in-between panels. The horizontal strips known as rails should be painted first and the vertical areas called styles should be painted next. The edges and the door frame will be painted last.
There are a few more pointers left to get the perfect interior finish. Keep reading!