FRONT DOORS

Better Homes & Gardens - - Firsts -

WHEN SHOULD I PAINT? Take con­di­tions into ac­count. A dry day be­tween 40°F and 90°F is ideal paint-dry­ing weather. Start early in the morn­ing so the door dries in time to re­hang it be­fore dark.

WHAT’S THE PREP? Re­mov­ing and re­in­stalling the door is the main chal­lenge, but it’s rec­om­mended. If you must leave the door up, re­move as much hard­ware as pos­si­ble or cover it with painters tape, and use a doorstop to keep the door in place dur­ing prep and paint­ing.

WHAT PAINT DO I USE? Try an ex­te­rior paint like PPG Time­less Ex­te­rior ($42/gal­lon; home­de­pot.com), which can re­duce fad­ing, mold, and flak­ing. A semigloss fin­ish can pre­vent scuffs and marks. A quart is usu­ally enough for a stan­dard door.

OUR EX­PERTS

Jeff Spil­lane, se­nior man­ager for prod­uct train­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion at Ben­jamin Moore; Brian Oster­ried, PPG prod­uct mar­ket­ing man­ager, in­te­rior paint; Oc­tave Vil­lar, ap­pli­ca­tions lab man­ager at Behr

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