Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How to Paint a Security Door - Part 3 of 5 - Front Metal Door Spray Painted

Fig.1 Rusted front door
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
2 cans Rust-Oleum spray paint-white
1 can Rust-Oleum metal primer-white

Mrs. Wrighthood need a second mortgage on her home business. She had to qualify for the loan and had been told by her real estate agent that her front door needed a facelift. She called my service company for an emergency repair. This is post shows the progression of painting the metal security door, the wood front door on both sides, the metal door frame, and installing the door hardware. 

This post shows the seventeen steps to paint the metal door on both sides. 

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the metal door that needed to be painted white. In this figure, it's off white. This door was rusted on the inside and the outside.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the bottom half of the security door is badly rusted too.
Fig.2 Bottom half is bad too
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the inside of the door, rusted on both sides.
Fig.3 Rusted inside door screen
Step 4: Fig.4 shows that the metal door must be cleaned. The top of the door rail is dirty, even though the wood was cleaned earlier for the wood trim.
Fig.4 Dirty top rail
Step 5: Fig.5 shows that the door was washed down completely inside and outside; all the metal frames including the door screen on both sides. This gave the door a good chance of being painted and not have the paint flake off in less than one year of service.
Fig.5 Wipe metal rail
Step 6: Fig.6 shows a can of primer was used on the severely rusted metal. One coat of primer prepared the door for the topcoat of clean, white paint.
Fig.6 Spray paint
Step 7: Fig.7 shows white Rust-Oleum metal spray paint was used to spray the door.
Fig.7 Rustoleum white paint
Step 8: Fig.8 shows the first coat of spray paint looks like this. But the other side has not been done. A first coat was sprayed on all the metal door frames.
Fig.8 First coat
Step 9: Fig.9 shows the metal door has its first coat of spray paint. The door still has that ugly tinge of off-white and white, but the second coat will make the difference.
Fig.9 White metal door frame
Step 10: Fig.10 shows the second coat on the inside. Notice that the door is starting to look white instead of muddled white and rust.
Fig.10 Second coat white paint
Step 11: Fig.11 shows the bottom of the door.
Fig.11 bottom door painted
Step 12: Fig.12 shows how bad the metal rails were before they were painted. The first upper third was painted with the first coat of white metal paint. The second 2/3 shows the primer on the metal rails.
Fig.12 Door 2/3 painted
Step 13: Fig.13 shows two coats white paint on the lock rails.
Fig.13 Metal 
edges painted
Step 14: Fig.14 shows the inside metal rails and metal screen.
Fig.14 Inside metal frame finished
Step 15: Fig.15 shows the painted door before the door lock hardware is installed. The wood trim has been painted. The door has been spray painted inside and outside with two coats of metal spray paint.
Fig.15 Door painted
Step 16: Fig.16 shows the new handicapped door handle and security dead bolt were added to the door. Usually the dead bolt is placed in the above position, but the inside door handle prevented the handicapped handle to be used, so the solution was to reverse the locks.
Fig.16 Handle and 
deadbolt reinstalled
Step 17: This part of the door is finished. Now the inside door must be painted alongside the wood frame and inside the door molding.

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