In the process of making your home exterior look nice, you may want to consider painting — but some people don’t realize that exterior home painting isn’t just all about the painting of the walls and leaving it at that.
Indeed, you can actually vastly improve the look of your home with a simple painting of your front door — and of course, if you make the time to learn about painting strategies, you can make for a better painted front door.
Let’s have a look at some front door painting tips to know and make for a better painted front door.
One thing that you’re going to want to do when you’re looking to paint your front door is to check the forecast — it’s important that you only consider painting when the weather is right for such a painting endeavor.
More specifically, you shouldn’t paint if it is too hot outside, nor should you paint if it is too cold — for too warm temperatures make for paint that dries too quickly (and will often lead to painting issues such as cracked paint) and too cold temperatures will lead to the paint taking too long to dry, which is also going to lead to painting problems.
Better to paint when the weather is not too warm, perhaps overcast (so that the sun doesn’t directly shine down on your painting project) and certainly not raining as moisture is the last thing you need when you’re painting.
If picking the color of your front door were as simple as just looking at the color of your home and then painting the front door to be the same exact color, it would be a lot more simple.
Naturally, that is an option for you if you want to have the door look just like the rest of the house — but you should know that there are other options available to you.
Specifically, you can pick a color for your front door that contrasts with the color of the rest of the house — and the trick here is to pick a color that not only contrasts with your house color but also looks good.
Of course, the only person that is going to know what color looks good is the person whose house it is (unless you have an HOA telling you what colors you are permitted and forbidden to use) and hence you should make use of such a color for painting your front door.
In looking to paint your front door, you are going to want to do anything in your power to prepare the surface being painted in terms of ensuring that the paint goes on smoothly and that it stays on as long as possible.
One way that you can achieve this, in addition, to properly sanding the surface to be painted, is to apply a coat of primer and allow it to fully dry before you apply the first coat of paint.
Primer makes for more of a smooth surface than even the best-sanded surface can be, and you will find that the paint that you apply will go on it more easily.
More importantly (perhaps) is the fact that when you apply paint to a surface that has a primer on it, you will find that it stays on that surface longer owing to the fact that primer is more of an adhesive surface and gets paint to stay on it for a longer period of time.
The benefit of this is that you won’t have to paint it anew for a longer period of time, meaning that the overall cost of the painting project will be less than if you didn’t use a primer.