Primed surfaces on the outside of your house is a crucial step to paint them as seals the surface and ensures that the final coat of paint to adhere well. You may also want to consider pre-drilling the door’s exterior brick molding so that you can add finishing screws to the molding after the door has been installed.  Only a few preparatory steps are needed before starting work. Follow these steps for painting an exterior door to increase curb appeal and update your home.

Level of difficulty: Moderate

You will need
A mild soap (such as dish soap) and water Latex paint for exterior house.

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Clean the surface of the door. Although the door surface is prepared, it may become dirty or grease during transport and installation. Use a small amount of soap and water to clean the surface. Make sure the door is completely dry before painting.

Protect the floor and other surfaces near the door. Cover the floor under the door with a cloth or old newspapers to protect the floor from drips or spills.
Stir the paint. Use a latex paint good quality made for outdoor use, and stir well with a stir stick to make sure the paint is completely mixed.

Use a brush to apply the paint to the door, using long, even strokes. It is best to apply the paint from the top of the door to the bottom, so that any leakage is painted over while you work.

If the door has smaller rectangular areas that mimic panels, paint them first. Then paint remaining horizontal areas of the door, and finally vertical areas. Check for leaks at the corners of the panels as you work to eliminate them with the brush.

When you’re done, clean your brush with soap and water. Let the surface dry for several hours door before closing the door.