Metal front doors are weatherproof, resistant to insects and rot, and a serious deterrent to intruders. Yet even the strongest metal front door will lose some of its sparkle over time. Painting your metal front door helps it regain its luster and charm for a serious curb appeal boost.
Before You Begin
Decide if you want to leave the front door on its hinges or remove it. Removing a door and painting it flat is preferable because this minimizes drips and allows you to reach difficult spots.
The downside is that metal entry doors are extremely heavy and difficult to remove and replace. Plus, you’ll need to complete the painting job within one day or have plans for securely closing up your house at the end of the day if the project isn’t completed.
Though removing the door takes some time and effort, it is the recommended method, as your door will have a cleaner, smoother finish.
Best Type of Paint for Metal Doors
Use two or more coats of high-quality exterior acrylic-latex paint for painting your metal front door. Glossier paint sheens are easier to clean and last longer. Use semi-gloss or gloss paint for your front door.
Many new exterior doors come pre-primed. If so, you’ll be able to apply the paint directly to the door.
If the door surface is bare metal or has any bare sections, apply primer before rolling on the paint. Or you can use direct-to-metal (DTM) paint. DTM paint can stick to metal without priming.
The paint on any door painted before 1978 may contain lead, a dangerous substance when sanded or otherwise abraded. Test the paint with a lead paint test kit before continuing this project.
Source: The Spruce