Neatly Paint Louvered Closet Doors Neatly Paint Louvered Closet Doors

What You'll Need
Scraping tool
Paint Sprayer or Spray Paint
Small Brush

When painting louvered closet doors, you can either use spray paint or use a small brush to apply paint to each louver on both sides of the door. While using a brush can take longer, it is the best way to ensure that the paint does not run or pool in the corners of the door. With special care, however, spray paint will cut your work time in half.

Prepare the Doors

If you are planning to use spray paint, remove the doors from the closet. Spray paint can travel and should always be done outside or in a well-ventilated area. Bring the doors outside to an area where the paint will not get on or stain anything around you. Prop them up against a wall or tree, making sure that any surrounding area is covered with newspaper or tarps.

If the doors are already painted, you will have to remove the old paint.  Even if you are planning to use the same color, remove old layers and start over to prevent buildup and uneven coating.

Scrape the old paint off of the doors and make sure that you don’t leave behind any raised areas. The doors should be smooth and ready to accept new paint.

Painting the Doors

Begin spraying the doors from top to bottom. Move the sprayer evenly over the doors to avoid pooling in one area. The corners of the doors where the louvers meets the frame are particularly susceptible to pooling paint. In case of pooling, use your small brush to spread the paint until it is even.

Move your way down the door in even strokes. Don't worry if the first does may not entirely coat the door. You will get it on the second pass. Pause frequently to inspect your work and make sure that the paint is not uneven.

When the first side of the doors has dried, turn them over and repeat the process on the other side. Make sure that the paint is not traveling through to the other side of the door and pooling in any one area.

When you are finished, check both sides for areas of unnevenness and smooth them with your brush while still wet.  This will ensure that the doors have a uniform coat of paint all the way through.

Reinstall the Doors

Make sure that the doors are completely dry before you bring them back in the house to reinstall. Once they are dried, hang them back up on the closet.

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