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ALAMO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to repaint one or more doors in your home, you’ll want to know the correct procedure to use. Today, we’re in Alamo with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Bradley Horton of Alamo Painting, to learn how it’s done.
Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Brad Horton: So, you’ve been putting off that door that needs to be repainted. Well, here’s a couple of tips that should make it easier for you and provide you with a better result.
First, you’ll need the right tools to start with. You’ll need some ammonia, you’ll need a piece of sandpaper, and you’ll need some masking tape. The first thing we do is take your mild ammonia solution and wash the door down thoroughly paying special attention to around the doorknobs and where the hinges are. That’s where grease and oil are most likely to collect.
Once you’ve got the door cleaned, then you take a piece of sandpaper and gently scuff sand the surface of the door. Even it if feels smooth to you, go over it one time quickly to remove any imperfections that you haven’t seen. Then you take the masking tape and you tape off the doorknob, paying special attention to the edge where the doorknob meets the wood. You take your 5-in-1 or your tool, you wrap the tape around there and make sure it’s solid. Now you’re ready to paint.
So, you take your roller and you roll out the top half of the door to right below the doorknob. Now you’ve cut in on the doorknob already so you don’t have to worry about rolling too close to that. And once you’ve got the whole door below the doorknob covered with paint, you take your bush and you move it in upward direction from the bottom of where that paint stops to the top of the door, up and up and up and up. You want to move from your shoulder or your elbow and not your wrist to get an even finish. Then once you’ve got that done, you get down on your knee and you repeat the same process on the bottom.
Now, it’s important you move the direction of the paint brush up on the top part. If you go down, you’ll leave a pool of paint at the top which will roll down five or 10 minutes after you’re done leaving the door.
On the bottom of the door, you’re going to take your brush and you’re going to lay it off sideways on the one brush stroke at the very bottom of the door and make sure that’s nice and covered. And then you’ll take your brush and you’re going to brush that new paint into the work that you’ve just done on the upper part of the door. So, all of the brush strokes will be in an upward direction for the door.
Now, once you’ve got that done, you’ve got to know that there’s only about two or three minutes that you can actually play with the door to get it to look like you want it to look. As it dries, it will lay down a little bit more and look a little bit better, but once it reaches a point where it starts getting tacky and starts forming a skin, you must leave it alone. If you touch it with a paint brush and break the skin, you’re going to have a big mess on your hands and it’s going to take a lot of extra sanding to get that smooth again.
Better if there’s an imperfection that you see after the fact to leave it alone, wait for it to dry, sand it, and repaint it. But, hopefully, given this information you won’t need to.
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