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WHEN TO PAINT
Almost every inch of your home requires some amount of maintenance, including your front door. Painted doors are prone to chipping over time, and can require touch-ups; however occasionally you may be ready for an entirely new look. In either case, set aside time — perhaps a weekend — to select a color, purchase supplies and complete the task.
Also, note the time of year and the weather forecast. Clear, sunny days with reasonable temperatures — which are conducive to allowing paint to dry — are the ideal choice.
CHOOSING A COLOR
Taping paint chips to your existing door is one way to choose a color. If you have narrowed down the selections to two or three choices, you may also want to purchase small samples of paint to compare a larger swatch of the colors next to one another. Be sure to look at the swatches at different times of the day to see how the color changes as the light brightens and dims.
WHAT PAINT TO USE
For a single exterior door that has been primed you’ll need approximately one quart of paint. If you do not have a glass or storm door that stands between your door and the elements, you’ll want to make certain you use exterior paint. While you can choose any finish, glossy paints are typically preferred for doors and trim, because they stand out and highlight these architectural features. They also tend to stand up to nicks and scrapes better than flat or eggshell paint, meaning they could last longer. The most important thing to note is whether you have a latex- or oil-based paint. This is especially important for touchups, as you never want to paint oil over latex paint or vice versa. The type of primer you use also needs to match the type of paint you use (latex or oil-based).
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