What if your front or entry door is a smooth white fiberglass door and all of your interior doors are oak stained wood?
Would you want to create a wood looking entry door without having to replace the door? What if you could use paint finishes to look like wood?
This reader has asked how to accomplish this:
All of our interior doors are wood with medium oak stain, but our entry door is fiberglass with a smooth finish. The builder left it white, but we'd like it to match our interior doors. Is there a way to create a wood look so that, with stain, it will look more like the interior doors and trim?
I also received this question about the same time:
My question is i have a double wide manufactured home and i have a ugly plain white metal door it has like a texture on it i would like to do something like paint it or use some sort of faux painting any ideals to make it more attractive thank you
I have painted and faux wood glazed many doors of the fiberglass or steel type. They have very smooth finish with raised panels but it seems that paint would never stick to the smooth finish.
You must prime! Primer is available for exterior use and it's usually an oil based product. You can't sand the door to give it stickability, so you need to apply a good primer coat to give the paint and glaze something to stick too.
Pick a day that is temperate in climate.
- The primer will have time to cure and the weather must be neither too cold nor too hot.
- The door should not be shut for about 12 hours, or you will risk the primer sticking to the door trim instead of the door.
Zinsser brand makes an excellent primer for just this purpose. Although they state that the primer will be ready for paint within 2 hours, I have not found this to be true on doors that will be closed against a door jam.
If you are unsure or need more training… this video will be a huge help!