Fiberglass doors are an excellent alternative to traditional wooden doors. Fiberglass is made up of extremely thin glass fibers, which is combined with special resins and other substances using advanced manufacturing technology. Fiberglass doors are extremely long-lasting and resistant to cold, heat, corrosion, and rust. Under normal conditions, these doors will not split, crack, or rot, and they can be painted as needed. A properly painted door can completely transform the appearance of your home. Here are some pointers to consider when getting ready to paint:
Clean the surface
The success of any paint job largely depends on the cleanliness of the surface to be painted. If you paint a door that has even a light coating of dirt or dust, the paint may not last. First, clean the door with dishwashing soap and water and a soft sponge or microcloth. Rinse off with water and then pat dry with an old towel. Let the door dry well. Do not use turpentine as this substance can easily damage the surface of the door.
Take the door off its hinges
Of course, you can paint the door in place, but it may be a bit easier if the door is horizontal, as the paint will lay down more evenly. Loosen the hinges and slowly remove the door. It is preferable to remove door handles or the door knocker; removing these will speed up the painting process. You can also cover them with painter’s tape to prevent paint from staining.
Make use of a primer
Speak to the pros at your paint store about what primer to use on a fiberglass door. Apply the primer evenly in the grain direction. Allow the primer to completely dry before applying your chosen paint colour. Again, ask at the paint store for the best paint to use on exterior fiberglass doors.
Use a paintbrush
Applying thick paint to any fiberglass surface using a roller is not recommended because it may not dry evenly. A pro tip is that you should apply 3 to 5 thin coats with a paintbrush for the best full color.
Applying the paint
Dip only the tip of the brush into the paint. This will allow you to use paint more efficiently while still producing excellent results. Too much paint will be applied to the surface to be painted if the brush is dipped too deeply into the paint container. Apply the paint in the direction of the grain, with light strokes.
Allow to dry for the time specified on the can. After the first coat has dried completely, apply the second. Continue this process until you’re satisfied with the colour.
Time for a New Door?
Give us a call at Trademark Glassworks if it’s time for a new exterior door. We have many samples in our showroom in Salmon Arm, and we’re always happy to provide you with a quote including installation.