How to Paint Bifold Doors How to Paint Bifold Doors

What You'll Need
Soap and water
Dust cloths
Paint roller and tray

Bifold doors are ideal for closets and pantries, but over time, they can start to show signs of wear and tear. There are many different ways to freshen up and make your bi-fold doors look as good as new, one of the best ways is to give them a lick of paint.

Painting bifold doors isn't actually very difficult, and as long as you have the right tools and take the right precautions there's no reason why it has to be a messy project either.

Step 1 - Preparation

Before you can start the project you first need to collect all of the materials and tools that you will need to complete the job successfully. It's also very important to spend time protecting your flooring and anything else in the room. Skipping this step may seem tempting however if you get any paint on the carpet then it will be very difficult to remove.

Lay out your tarpaulin across the floor and make sure that it is covering every part of your room. Use masking tape to fix the dust sheets to all the surfaces in your room.

Step 2 - Removing Doors

Although it would be possible to paint your doors in position, you will find it much easier if they are removed from their tracks. Use your screwdriver to detach the doors from the tracks and put them down flat onto the area covered by the tarp. Use your screwdriver again to remove any handles and knobs on the front of the doors.

If there are any labels or stickers anywhere on the doors you should remove them now. Painting over these may look great for a second, however after a few weeks they will start to look shabby.

Step 3 - Dusting

Dust all of the doors surfaces and use the soap and water to make sure that there is no grease or dirt remaining on the surface of the doors. If there is any dust or grease left on the doors then this will affect the paint finish.

Step 4 - Painting

Prop the door up in an available doorway and make sure that it's secure. If you're doing this on a carpet then you will find this easier because the door will press into the carpet. If however you are working on a wooden floor then you will find this more difficult. Use some rags under the edge of the door to keep it in place.

Take your time painting the doors and concentrate on painting one section at a time. This will minimize the chances of runs and make the paint finish look a whole lot more professional. You might also need to repeat with several coats of paint to get the desired finish.

Step 5 - Finishing Touches

Now all that's left to do is wait for the paint to dry and then reattach the fixtures to the doors. Use the screwdriver and be careful not to damage the paintwork. Then fix the doors back into the tracks and make sure they open and close properly.

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