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How To Paint A Wood Exterior Door

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If you want to update the look of your home, painting your wood exterior door can make a big difference. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to properly paint a wood exterior door to achieve a professional-looking finish.

Materials Needed

Before starting, make sure you have the following materials:

  • Exterior paint
  • Primer
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drop cloth or old sheet

Step 1: Remove the Door

If possible, remove the door from its hinges and lay it flat on a sturdy work surface. This will make it easier to paint and avoid drips and runs.

Step 2: Clean and Sand

Clean the door thoroughly with soap and water, then let it dry completely. Sand the entire surface of the door with a fine-grit sandpaper to rough up the surface and ensure the primer and paint will adhere properly.

Step 3: Prime

Apply a coat of primer to the door using a paintbrush or roller. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the recommended drying time.

Step 4: Apply the Paint

Once the primer is dry, apply a coat of exterior paint to the door. Use a paintbrush to get into any crevices or corners, and a roller for larger areas. Apply the paint in thin, even coats, and let each coat dry completely before applying the next.

Step 5: Apply a Second Coat

After the first coat of paint has dried completely, apply a second coat. This will ensure an even, professional-looking finish.

Step 6: Reinstall the Door

Once the second coat of paint is dry, reinstall the door onto its hinges. Be careful not to scratch or damage the freshly painted surface.

Step 7: Touch Up

After the door is reinstalled, inspect it for any areas that need touch-up. Use a small paintbrush to fix any imperfections or areas that were missed.

Step 8: Clean Up

Clean up your work area and tools, and dispose of any leftover materials according to your local regulations.


Painting a wood exterior door can give your home a fresh, updated look. By following these simple steps, you can achieve a professional-looking finish that will last for years. With the right materials and a little patience, you can easily complete this DIY project.