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Pressed White Interior Doors, Best Approach to Painting?

Morning all, long time no see. Decorating productivity been low recent months but time to kick start…

Decorating my Mother’s place & using skills learned from TP the last 2-3 years to take it up a gear, refinishing plaster, better paints etc.

But she has these pressed finished white doors that in fairness have done very good service and not required painting until now. They were fitted when a new build some 22 old years back. They are just starting to show some signs of age.There’s maybe 14 of them in total.

I’ve been asked to gloss them but I’m wandering how best to approach?

Reason to ask is I just resprayed one of our old cars & did something I’d not done in maybe 20 odd years and did a full respray with a degree of success that surprised me. And as such I was wandering if it might be most efficient take them all off and spray prime and spray gloss??

That said I’ve never done any form of house decorating spraying and have zero idea of products / tools.

Would appreciate advice as always.

_It is a good idea spray them or am I over complicating things? _

_If it’s a good idea, any advice how to approach? … tools, materials etc? _

And if better to stick to manual methods then also what’s the best approach and suggestion for materials and tools?

I’ve got a half decent compressor and a new mid price spray gun (one with the paint feed from above) and a couple of old ones as well.

Any advice, articles or links would be really interesting to see and read.

Many thanks in advance for any help and pointers. All the best


Back in the saddle!!!

If it helps clarify a few things: I once worked with a spray specialist in the States. He removed 20 full sized pressed doors from site, just like you have, and to ensure we could do one side at a time and flip them, we cut 4 x 2 battens and screwed them to the top and bottom edges of each door. In effect, when the door was laid down the batten kept it 1" above the work surface. We sprayed one side at a time with an acrylic gloss on a work horse, flipped them and sprayed the second side. Two of us moved the finished door to the stack rack, rinse and repeat.

I was happy to learn, and it was quite convenient once we had all the battens sorted. But after a while of watching the clock, I was thinking that working alone, doors in situ,with a brush, yes I would have applied the paint slower, but I would have cut out all the time spent on setting up, removal, man handling and rehanging. A lot of time.

With 28 sides to paint twice, your brush hand will probably be whizzing along and because they are in situ, you won’t be worrying about knocks while rehanging them.

Spraying items that you can easily handle on your own, ie kitchen doors, clearly that is a different ballgame when doing comparisons. Or if you have space and a spare pair of hands, ignore my anecdote and get spraying. You sound like you want to :slight_smile:



Hi Andy, good to hear from you … yes been a while … seems every time I try get a foot hold on our own project, something else comes up…and then other ‘tribe decorating support’ but I’m sure there’s not one of you on here who can’t tell a story on that one.

My spraying enthusiasm is down to the car project for sure which came out amazingly well but have to confess I think you are probably right that roller and brush might be equally as efficient. And the doors are in fact in very good order even given their age.

Any rules of approach you’d suggest Andy? They are the finished type so in fact have never been painted bar the edge. Would you roller them then lay off or another approach.

The pressed nature means that whilst there is a shallow shape and form it is nowhere near as bad as painting say a more traditional 4 panel job.

Interested in any approach you’d recommend … not done doors for a while. :slight_smile: … well except for our wood Osmo’d ones which we continue to wade though with Ben’s help.

All the best

Sorry, thought I replied. Doh.

I suggest you follow the principle demonstrated here in a Jack Pauhl video ie paint the panels separately, and if necessary have a rag handy to remove paint that seeps onto the “flats” (stiles and rails).

Paint the flats at leisure, (Roll and tip or brush only) what ever technique is easiest for you to keep the wet edge going. After a few doors you will get the hang of it at which point you will be watching the clock trying to get faster and faster!

Waterborne Helmi gloss as an example requires just 2 coats onto previously painted and lightly abraded surfaces. I would suggest you do a trial door to see if the primer is any good. By that I mean, nowadays factory primed doors are almost chalky and require repriming, but if the doors you have are as old and well kept as you say, maybe the primer will not suck up the gloss and dull the shine in patches.

Good luck.


Solid advice as always Andy … yep will be doing precisely that after the Grand Prix on Sunday.

The doors are in incredible condition considering the age and definitely have that satin solid finish. They look (famous last words) like they should be a breeze to paint in the manner you describe.

Thanks for the advice and video link Andy. Cheers

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Hi Andy, followed the advice and video and has come out a treat.

I used different paints, used Grepp V and Eico Gloss, and they have worked a treat…good coverage and stretched lovely and flat.

Very happy with the result … thanks for the advice as always. One down, 14 more to go!!! :slight_smile: