| painting doors
- Select the appropriate primer. Use Hollandlac or ECO Primer/Undercoat
for wooden doors, Primer AC for steel doors and Key Primer for fiberglass
- Wooden and steel doors should be sanded smooth with medium grit sandpaper
(150) wrapped around household sponge or rubber sanding block - never
sand without a backing. Fiberglass doors should be lightly sanded with
fine sandpaper (220).
- Doors should be washed with powdered detergent and water, rinsed and
allowed to dry thoroughly. Special care should be taken on wooden doors
where unpainted wood is exposed to make certain that no moisture has
been retained. Normally, exposed wood will dry sufficiently in 48 hours.
- Doors should be primed with appropriate primer. We recommend, whenever
possible, that the top and bottom of your door be primed as well to
prevent moisture intrusion and extend the life of your finish. If using
Key Primer, you should apply your Primer with an inexpensive, foam throwaway
brush. Key Primer is to be thinned with water only.
- After allowing Primer to dry overnight (four hours for Key Primer),
doors should be sanded glass smooth with fine sandpaper wrapped around
household sponge or rubber sanding block. Doors should then be wiped
clean with a cotton rag containing a splash of FPE Mineral Spirits.
- Apply first coat of Hollandlac Brilliant Enamel in a thin, even fashion.
As an option, you may apply ECO Brilliant paint. Allow first coat to
- Sand door again with 220 sandpaper to remove imperfections and provide
good "tooth" for final coat. Once again, "tack"
the door to remove dust with a clean cotton cloth.
- Apply final coat of Hollandlac Brilliant Enamel or ECO Brilliant paint.
Work quickly and do not go back on your work in an attempt to eliminate
brush strokes, as they will normally level out within 15 minutes of
application. Second coat should provide total opacity. For additional
durability and extended life, apply a third coat to the door's exterior.
- If the door has been painted in an environment containing airborne
dust, some particles may be visible upon drying. These dust particles
can be removed easily by allowing the paint to cure to maximum hardness
for three weeks before buffing the door with 0000 steel wool (ultra
fine) lubricated with boiled linseed oil. Buffing process should be
followed by final wipe-down with clean rag and Mineral Spirits to remove
- For Hollandlac Satin finish, begin by following instructions and apply
Brilliant system followed by one coat Hollandlac Satin in same color.
For ECO Satin finish, apply two coats Satin; Brilliant coat is not required.
By following these simple instructions, even a "first-time painter"
can expect a beautiful, professional quality result and a finish that
will look newly painted for a good number of years.
Questions? - Call 866-MY COLOR.