Thinking about hiring someone to paint your fiberglass door? Why not do it yourself?! Today we’ll tell you how to paint a fiberglass door so that you can skip hiring a handyman and get it done in a little bit of free time. As long as you are using the right paints, it’s actually quite easy and you can get great results. So, without further ado, let’s get into the steps that you need to take to get the job done yourself.
Here is how to paint a fiberglass door!
Make sure to get the right paint for the job
You have to select the right paint if you don’t want to damage the fiberglass, so avoid melamine or oil-based paints. Check your door manufacturer’s instructions and you should be able to find out if your door is epoxy or polyester resin fiberglass. Then get some polyester or epoxy resin paint and a few more supplies we’ll detail next.
What you’ll need to get started
There are a few items that you’ll need for this project but don’t worry, they are inexpensive and nice to have if you need to some more painting later for other home projects. For painting your fiberglass door we’ll need the following:
- 1 brush (soft bristled)
- Painter’s tape
- Paint tray
- 1 paintbrush (synthetic)
- 2 sponges and 1 cloth
- Dish soap
Once you’ve gotten all of these items then we are ready to go to our first step.
Remove weather-stripping and thoroughly clean the door
Check your manufacturer’s instructions just in case they have any additional steps, but basically we just need to use the soft-bristled brush to remove the weather-stripping from the door. The brush should get most of it but anything that is still there you should be able to remove with your cloth.
“Give the door a thorough cleaning with a little dish soap and water”
After this, give the door a thorough cleaning with a little dish soap and water and after you are finished, dry it off with your spare sponge and let it dry further for about 2 – 3 hours just to make sure that it’s fully dry.
Apply painter’s tape to protect glass and metal areas
Next, we need to protect a few areas to avoid any accidental priming or painting. So, use your painters’ tape and some newspaper for the glass and to covered metal portions like your door knob and the door jamb. Lay out some paper at the base of the door as well in preparation for our next step.
Mix and apply your primer on the outer side of the door
Open up any nearby windows just to ensure that we’ve got proper ventilation and it’s time to start mixing up your primer. Mix it thoroughly and when you feel that that it’s mixed well, pour some into your painter’s tray.
Using your synthetic brush, apply the primer to the 4 outer edges of the door. Make sure that you get thorough coverage of all of the sides and once this is done, give the outer side of the door a thin coating of primer as well. Be sure not to apply it too thick, as this can blur detail on your door and you definitely don’t want that. Allow the primer to dry for 2 – 3 hours unless the can instructions state that it needs to be longer.
Paint the outer side of the door
Finally, we are at the actual painting step of our ‘how to paint a fiberglass door’ primer. Go ahead and paint the outer side of the door and be sure that your first coat is a thin one so that you can get a good idea how it looks. After that coat dries, you can apply an additional coat and let that dry as well.
Repeat the prime and paint steps for the interior side of the door
Use your painter’s tape and some newspaper to protect the metal and any glass on the interior side of your door and repeat the paint and priming process. If you have a standing fan in the house, you can set this up to aid in drying speed, but it’s not required. Remove the painter’s tape, clean up your newspaper and your painting tools, and congratulations… you have a freshly painted fiberglass door!
Now you know how to paint a fiberglass door and as you can see, it is actually not that difficult at all. Just make sure that you lay out newspaper, as painting can get messy and you don’t want to have to spend additional time cleaning up any accidents. Be sure to use your painter’s tape and newspaper as well to protect those parts that you don’t want to paint and check the weather report before you get started. Rain can really ruin your day if you aren’t careful, so make sure that you do this when it’s supposed to be sunny.
We hope that you enjoy your newly revitalized door!