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Forum topic by Karda posted 01-29-2018 06:26 PM 414 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2018 06:26 PM

Hi, we inherited my wife parents house an being the rustoleum rep he was he painted the front door the bright gloss green they sell. Question how do i prepare the surface to be repainted. Do I need a special paint or will house paint work. Oh it a metal door thanks

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#1 posted 01-29-2018 06:40 PM

Most of the time there’s no problem with adhesion to pray paint when using house paint.if In doubt use some shellac based primer on it first. I find painting metal your better off spraying it but if you don’t have the experience spraying try using a very fine foam roller usually black .
Good luck with your project

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#2 posted 01-30-2018 12:35 AM

Your local paint store or Big box store had a paint prep product you can wipe on that removes the gloss and prepares the wood for repainting. There is another product called Penetrol that can be added to the paint that increases the adhesion, flow and makes the paint self level better. Also some house paints can be bought with a built in primer that improves adhesion.
Or you can sand lightly wash with TSP (trisodium phosphate…wear gloves), rinse and paint.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-30-2018 12:48 AM

a1Jim has a great solution…just be sure to get the real shellac primer and not the substitute.

LesB has a great solution as well….Kleen-Strip liquid Sander Deglosser works great to de-gloss glossy surfaces and penetrol or floetrol are great products to add to paint for adhesion and leveling…...

I have had great results many times with both suggestions.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 01-30-2018 06:17 AM

ok thanks for you suggestions that gives us a lot to think about

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#5 posted 01-30-2018 07:41 AM

If it is metal door, likely coated with Rustoleum enamel paint, then suggest using exterior grade acrylic enamel paint as top coat (like Rustoleum, but there are many other brands of exterior enamel available). If you use a acrylic latex “house” paint on metal, you have less moisture protection, as latex breathes more than enamel.

Also, Prepping Rustoleum enamel paint is no different than any other paint. You need a roughed surface in order for new paint to have “teeth” to create a mechanical bond. Previous suggestions for primer, gloss remover, or liquid sander will all work to prep surface, but so will old fashioned 150/220 grit sand paper or course green scrub pad. :)

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#6 posted 01-30-2018 07:50 AM

thanks I think Ill do the sandpaper, simpler, Iwish I could do my fix. get new doors but than\ts not in the cards thanks Mike

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