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Make a Colorful Statement with Front Door Paint!

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  • Address Planter
    Address Planter
  • Hanging Garden
    DIY Hanging Garden
  • Estimated Time

    2-3 Hours

  • Challenge Level


  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Modern Masters Front Door Paint
    • 2" or 2 1/2" Angled Sash, Premium Quality
    • 1" Angled Sash for Inlays and Details
    • Painter's Tape
    • Clean Rags
    • Drop Cloth
















Enhance your entryway and add curb appeal with Front Door Paint. Are you looking to give your front facade a facelift? With a color for every style, there's a hue to match your mood. Paint and close your door the same day with Modern Masters Front Door Paint! 

Prep: Use on water-based previously painted or primed exterior doors. Surface should be properly prepared and cleaned. Wash off dirt, grease and other contaminants with detergent, rinse and allow to dry. Remove loose paint and repair imperfections. Scuff sand glossy surfaces with a foam sanding pad. Remove all dust with a damp cloth and allow to dry. 

Prime: If the previously painted surface is sound and your chosen color is darker than the original color, then no primer is needed. Otherwise prime the surface with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3®.

Application: Open the door and use a chair or something sturdy securing it from behind to prevent it from moving/swinging while you paint. Lay a drop cloth under the door. Cover anything with the painter’s tape that you think you will have trouble painting around cleanly, and remove weather stripping from jam, if possible. Stir thoroughly before beginning.

Paint: Paint the door edge first. If the door already has painted hinges, paint them again. If they are metal, you can leave them as is.

Next, remove or paint around any numbers, windows, or hardware. If your door has raised panels, paint the reveals first and then the panels. Paint cross pieces. Paint the rails starting with the top one working down. Paint horizontally, left to right. The bottom may include weather stripping so try to edge it carefully. Getting a clean edge if you didn’t tape: lightly load the brush with paint and lay it crosswise at the edge patting the edge lightly. This will give a natural edge to the door. Then paint a vertical stroke to smooth out the paint surface. Lastly, paint the stiles (verticals). Make the final brush strokes on the two side stiles go from top to bottom in one stroke.

Wait an hour and then repeat the process. Three coats may be necessary if you are applying a light color over a dark color. Leave your door open for at least 2-3 hours to dry. Remove any tape. 

Modern Masters Front Door Paint