Refresh/renew paint on front door?


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Steel front door

I am hoping this is the right thread to ask this... but the mrs wants the front door to our home painted. It is a basic steel, contractor grade, front door. However temperatures here arent really condusive for me taking off the door to sand, let paint dry properly, etc.

Are there any tricks or options that would kind of "refresh" the look of the paint on the front door till it warms up and I can paint it?

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Welcome to the forums.

I would just put this project on the to do list for when the temperature is reasonable for removing the door.
 
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Welcome to the forums!

You could wash it, would that help? What kind of paint is currently on the door?
 
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Sure....just tell her you'll take it down and work in the garage. She won't mind no front door for a few hours or so will she? Lol

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It is a black, oil based(I am assuming) paint on the front door. We have been in the house about 7 yrs and it does get a fair amount of sun during the afternoons.
 
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Latex paint would be a better choice so you'll want to scuff sand, apply an oil based primer and then the paint. Also, a lighter color would be better if the sun shines on it.
 
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I'd guess it's already a latex. Oil based on a steel door that gets a fair amount of sun would probably be all cracked and chipped up in my experience. Black is also about the worst color for a door in the sun.

I was only partly kidding in the prior post. Do you have a storm door? You could take down the main door for a few hours and get it done....but it would be best to wait til spring.
 
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good point about the latex thing... that didnt occur to me. With that being said, that makes the turnaround time in terms of drying, additional coats, etc a lot short.

I just assumed it was oil based because it was a standard metal front door that the contractor put in when the home was built. he just painted it black at our request.

since it is latex, any other suggestions? or jump over to the painting forum?

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If it's latex, my instructions are good but you can take out the primer step.
 
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You need to determine for sure what type of paint is on the door - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/pa...latex-oil.html

I agree that it's probably latex but latex paint may not dry hard enough in 8hrs to close/lock the door assuming it has good weatherstripping.... without it sticking and pulling the paint off
 
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Refresh/renew paint on front door?

I have a front door that is a standard, contractor metal front door on my home. The weather in my area isnt conducive to a full blown repaint of the door as of yet.

Is there anything I can do that will renew or refresh the current paint on the door temporarily? My wife is hosting a baby shower this weekend and this has all of a sudden become a huge action item...;->

Thanks in advance for any tips!!
 
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I think you already got all the answers in the other thread. Short answer, other than cleaning well...not much you can do.

I guess you could try a spray detailer/wax like you can use on cars, but you'll have to be real aggressive with the cleaning when it comes time to paint.
 
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I'd be leery of applying wax - if it isn't ALL removed, the paint won't adhere well
 
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Yeah....the spray detailers I was thinking of are more of a silicone type thing (I think). You'd need to probably use TSP or even a solvent of some sort to clean it up after.
 
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I merged the two threads, since it's basically the same question with different wording.
 
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I'd decorate the door with something for the shower and paint when the weather warms up.
 
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Thanks everyone!! I appreaciate your time and willingness to offer some suggestions.
 
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I've seen doors wrapped with present wrapping paper - I think I'd do something like that.
 
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I think you already got all the answers in the other thread. Short answer, other than cleaning well...not much you can do.

I guess you could try a spray detailer/wax like you can use on cars, but you'll have to be real aggressive with the cleaning when it comes time to paint.
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I don't think using detailing spray (spray on wax) would be a good idea. It's very short lived stuff and from my experience, pron to attract dust and dirt (like a TV does). Would make more work to clean later and the effect it would offer wouldn't last long.
 
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Hey...it was only a thought...I didn't say it was a great idea...lol.
 
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Even on cars, I hate the stuff. It's only good at a show or photoshoot to remove finger prints.
 
 

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