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Old 08-17-08, 07:33 PM
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I want to paint my entry door but am not sure what type it is: steel, fiberglass or wood? It's never been painted, so I need to know what kind of paint to use also for the specific types of doors. How do find out what type of door I have?
 
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If it's never been painted it is probably steel or fiberglass. Both are hollow with styrofoam inside for insulation. A steel door will be slick/smooth metal with a very light grey primer [from factory] The styles [edges] of the door can be either wood or metal. Wood styles will have 2 grooves - where the metal meets the wood. Metal styles will have a single groove seperating the 2 sides of the door. I rarely paint any fiberglass doors but I think they usually have a wood grain texture.

A wood door will be solid wood. The panel doors will have joints where all the different pieces are put together. A slick [no panels] door is usually 2 thin pieces of wood/masonite with a particle board core. It is important to seal [paint] the top and bottom edge of wooden doors!

Unless you have raw wood or steel, you shouldn't need to prime. A quality latex exterior enamel would be the most diy friendly. Some metal doors specify latex only - oil base will void the warranty. As always, you will find the best coatings [advice too] at your local paint store - not big box paint dept.

Can you tell us a little more about what you want the door to look like finished? What weather conditions it will be subjected too? Open or covered by porch?
 
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thnx for your help! It is an entry door covered by a patio; warm climate (So. Cal); it also has 2 lg. design windows. It was the original with the house (now 7 yrs. old); would like to paint them a Burgandy color to match the exterior shutters.
 
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Your best bet would be to go to your local paint store [not dept] and get a quart of quality paint to match your shutters.
 
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