Useful information to help you with painting a door.

  1. Remove or tape over the doorknob, the strike bolt and the hinges.
  2. Take the door off its hinges and lay it across two sawhorses or a table to paint. (You can paint it as it hangs, but you get a better effect if you take it off its hinges.)
  3. Check for cracks and holes, and fill with putty. For really big problems (like a hole where a security lock once went), fill with an epoxy filler (such as Bondo brand) - the same stuff that's used on car bodies.
  4. Apply a coat of primer if you're down to a raw surface. Allow to dry.
  5. Apply one or two coats (depending on how well it covers) of semigloss or glossy paint; they're the most durable and easiest to clean.
  6. Paint in even strokes with a high-quality brush, perhaps one with a tapered end.