How to Paint a Fiberglass Front Door
Unlike wood, a fiberglass front door offers the advantage of durability and natural insulation qualities. In addition, a fiberglass front door is not susceptible to rotting and warping, which makes it a more ideal choice when it comes to purchasing front doors. However, unlike wood, a fiberglass front door is not porous and is therefore harder for the homeowner to paint. Even so, the task is not impossible. Even a beginner DIYer can do the task. Here are a few steps to painting a fiberglass front door.
Step 1 – Prep the Door
It is a good idea to remove the door from its hinges. This makes it a lot easier to paint, but is optional. To remove the door, unscrew the hinges and place the door on top of sawhorses. Before painting the door, make sure that it is clean enough. Dip a clean rag in warm water, squeeze excess water and wipe the surfaces. Allow it to dry.
Another recommendation is to sand the surfaces a bit with a 150 grit sandpaper to allow the paint to adhere easily to its surfaces. Wipe with a clean rag afterward. Mask the door handles and other areas of the door that do not need painting by wrapping them with blue painter’s tape.
Step 2 – Prime the Surfaces
Before priming, determine which type of paint should be used. Latex paint will leave a glossy appearance and a rubbery texture. It is easier to apply, but a lot more susceptible to peeling and damage. Oil-based paints will provide a longer lasting coat, but will require a messy painting job. Its best quality is that it is less vulnerability to peeling.
When the type of paint is chosen, choose a primer that is appropriate for the job. Wear a mask to protect the lungs from the fumes. apply the primer to the fiberglass front door evenly and allow it to dry. Check the product description for drying time. It is best to do the painting job at a time when the weather is not too cold. It will make the drying time a lot faster.
Step 3 – Apply the Main Coat
Thin the latex or oil-based paint by adding paint thinner into the mix according to recommended proportions on the product directions. Apply the paint to the door surfaces and make sure to apply thinly or according to the manufacturer’s recommended thickness. Allow the coat to dry for a few hours to a day, depending on the recommended drying time. When the coat is dry, make sure to apply a second and even a third coat if necessary. Allow the paint to dry before removing the painters tape. When the paint is dry enough, install the door back in place by tightening the screws on its hinges.