Painting a front door is an important job as it is a showpiece of anybody’s home, getting a good finish is very important.
This door is a split door, which in itself only made the job minorly more difficult. the first step was to sand down all the woodwork, and fill and repair any damaged sections, in particular the bottom or the door frame surround. Preparation is the key job, sanding back the existing white paint to provide a key for the new dark grey finish that will be applied.
A wooden weather bar was fitted which has a rubber seal which will prevent the prevailing wind from blowing water under the door. After being fully painted this was glued and screwed into position.
After making good the surface the dark grey undercoat was applied, which is no easy feat in early Scottish summer weather, several Hail storms stopped play!
After 3 coats of undercoat, the top coats could be applied. 2 coats of Weathershield – Gallant grey, from Dulux was applied. Quick dry paint does make things easier.
Once the paint was dry the previously removed door furniture could be replaced. In this instance the original door furniture was brass but Chrome would be the desired finish. A new number, letter box and yale barrel were purchased and fitted, but for the rather unique brass door pull, we had to think outside the box, we could’t find a similar item in Chrome so we had the door pull and the escutcheon and the mortice rebate lock cover sent off to be chrome plated, and the returned items were better than could be hoped for.
Lastly the house number was to be painted above the front door on the glass panel, the font and design were chosen then printed backwards and fitted to the outside of the window and the design was hand painted in layers on the inside. The number was painted in Gallant Grey to match the door and the outline way painted in Metallic Silver.