How To Paint A Louver Door
Louver doors feature multiple horizontal slats to help air circulation, and they are commonly installed on closets or other small spaces. You may find the color no longer blends with your décor, or the metal surface has faded.
It looks intimidating to paint because of the slats, but it is easier than you think. Follow this step-by-step guide to paint the doors.
Prepare to Paint the Door
To paint the louver door, gather:
- work gloves
- fine-grit sandpaper
- dust mask
- drop cloths
- painter's tape
- dish soap hose (optional)
- scrub brush scraper
- three-inch paint brush and two-inch paint brush
- primer for metal doors or latex primer
- rust-inhibiting paint or enamel paint
If possible, remove the door set hardware aside, and lay it outdoors on sawhorses. Otherwise, slide a drop cloth or plastic sheet under the door that extends several inches on each side to protect the flooring, and open a window to ventilate. Conceal other areas you don't want to be touched by paint, such as wall trim or hinges, with painter's tape.
Clean and Sand the Door
If the door is metal, remove rust spots with a wire brush, using small brushes to get inside the louvers. Sand wood or metal surfaces with fine-grit sandpaper to dull the surface and remove old finishes.
Mix several drops of dish soap in a bucket of warm water, and go over the surface with the scrub brush. Rinse the door with a dry sponge, or if you are working outdoors, use a hose to rinse. Let the door dry.
Paint and Prime the Door
Apply the correct paint formulated for the surface. Dip brushes in clean water to rinse. You may also use an artist's brush for tight areas.
Brush on the primer with a two-inch brush starting at the top horizontal vent, taking care to not prime it too thick. Apply one coat of primer to the rest of the door facing up with a three-inch brush, let the first coat dry, then add another. Prime the other side of the door.
You may also use spray primer, but only apply it outdoors. Spray a thin coat of primer over the edges, louvers, and seams on one side of the door, let it dry, Keep the nozzle of the can a foot from the surface. Apply a second coat, let ti dry, then spray two coats on the other side.
Paint the door with brushes in the same manner as you primed starting at the top. If you are using spray paint, spray three even coats on the louvers, and one coat over the side facing up. Let each coat dry separately, then paint the opposite side of the door.
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