How To Paint A Front Door Without Removing It?

Limited time on your hand and you want to paint a front door? While it’s often recommended to remove your front door in order to paint it, it is possible to paint it without taking it off its hinges.

Paint a front door and you’ll easily add instant curb appeal to your home. The front door is your welcome sign. It’s one of the first things people see when they pull up to your house. If you are looking to add some pizazz to the entrance of your house, giving your front door a fresh coat of paint is an easy way to change how your home looks.


Painting a door is easy. It’s actually easier to paint if you remove it. But if you’re short on time or can’t leave the door off the hinges during the painting process, here’s how you can get the job done without having to remove the door.

How to Paint A Door Without Removing It?

Step 1 – Use painter’s tape to cover the hinges. Use your finger to smooth the tape along the edge of the hinge. Protecting the hinges will make it easier to paint the door.

Step 2 – Use an exacto knife and run it along the edge of the hinge. Remove the excess tape.

Step 3 – Use painter’s tape to cover the door handle and key hardware. Smooth the edges with your finger. Again, you’ll want to protect your hardware from your paint.

Step 4 – Using your exacto knife, you will cut along the edges and remove the excess tape.

Step 5 – Now that you’ve ensured your hardware is protected from the tape, it’s time to sand the door. Sanding will help the paint adhere to the surface faster. Do a good job sanding so you can ensure a smooth surface. Vacuum and then wash off all residue with a damp cloth.

Step 6 – Prime the door. Use a brush to paint the primer on the inset edges and raised details. Use a roller to apply primer to the flat surfaces of the door. Primer is the foundation for your paint. It’s important to use a good quality primer on your front door.

Step 7 – Paint the door. Use a brush to carefully paint the inset edges and raised details. A small roller with low-nap is an excellent choice to apply a smooth and consistent paint application across the door.

It make take several coats.

Step 8 – For a hand-painted look, do the last coat of paint with your paintbrush to smooth out roller marks.

Step 9 – Remove the tape.

Voila! Your front door is now painted and you saved time as you didn’t have to remove and re-attach your door.

Paint A Front Door Shiny

Shiny front doors are in. The higher the sheen, the more your door will stand out. If you’re looking for a chic look for your door, select a high-gloss paint.

High-gloss paints are harder to work with. So, if you’re going for the shiny look it is important to really ensure you do a good job sanding, priming and painting. It will make a difference.

A painted front door is a beautiful accent for your home. Pick a colour for your door that will compliment your home’s exterior, or show off your personality. Really, when it comes to your front door, anything goes. It’s a small surface area but has the potential to really change the look of your home’s exterior. If your home is need of a little style and personality from the outside, paint it!

Paint a front door without removing it is the time-efficient way to do the job. If you’d rather have the work done for you, consider hiring the professionals. Home Painters Toronto has been providing exterior paint work for people in Toronto for years. As a top-rated painting company, you will be satisfied with our quick service, price and results.

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