How to paint wooden doors and window frames

Follow these simple steps to get your wooden doors and window frames looking like new.

What you’ll need:
 

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Tools needed to paint doors and window frames


Paint:

  • Paint
  • Primer

Essentials:

  • Triangular shave hook
  • Masking tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Sponge
  • Sandpaper
  • Sealer
  • Brush
  • Small roller
  • Paint tray

Additional items:

  • Floor and furniture dustsheets
  • Degreaser
     
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Removing old sealer and paint with a shave hook


1.  Remove old sealer and scrape off loose, flakey paint with a shave hook.
 

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Removing locks, hinges, doorknobs, catches and handles
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Cleaning the woodwork surfaces


3.  Give your woodwork a good clean with a degreaser to remove all traces of dirt, dust and grease and then let it dry.
 

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Giving the door a light sand
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Applying masking tape to glass
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Applying masking tape to frames


6.  Mask edges of the frame that meet the wall. 
 

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Applying sealer
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Applying primer


8.  Apply one coat of wood primer to give the topcoats a smooth surface to go on.
 

Top tip: 

If you’re painting a door, start with a brush for the detailed parts and then switch to a small roller for the larger areas. Use upward strokes to avoid dripping.
 

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Painting topcoats
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Removing masking tape


10.  Remove masking tape carefully and clean any paint that has got onto the glass. Remember, newly painted doors and windows should not be closed until the paint is fully dry.