Generally, people think about using Fusion Mineral Paint with interior furniture pieces since it is a furniture paint. However, this zero-VOC paint is phenomenal for painting your front door! In my opinion, Fusion Mineral Paint is an excellent choice for painting exterior doors and is a great way to refresh, edify, or totally transform the exterior of your house in minutes! I am going to share with you a step-by-step process of painting your front door with Fusion Mineral Paint today.
Step 1 – Clean Your Front Door
The only thing you usually need to do to prepare your door for painting is give it a good cleaning. It doesn’t matter if you’re cleaning wood, steel, or metal, you can use our TSP Alternative which helps eliminate dirt, and grime. TSP makes sure that the surface is clean and ready to be painted, ensuring that Fusion will adhere correctly!
With Fusion’s TSP Alternative, you receive an eco-friendly product that is concentrated and free of phosphates. Mix two full caps into a liter of water and use that mixture to clean your doors. No worries, it can be applied to a previously painted door as well.
You should always ensure that the door is not covered in wax. You can do a wax scratch test to ensure that the door is wax-free (simply drag your fingernail over the door to see if any wax comes off). You can’t paint over wax, so you will need to use Odorless Solvent to clean it.
Also, if the front door is wooden, metal, or steel with peeling paint, a light sanding will help to remove any bumps and scuffs to ensure you have a smooth surface for painting. Remove dust and any sanding residue with a soft cloth. Ensure your fresh paint does not become contaminated by any residual dirt or sanded off materials!
Step 2 – Removed Hardware
Taking the hardware off is a great way to avoid brush marks around the door handles. Door hardware can sometimes be tricky to reinstall, so pay close attention to details when reassembling it.
Even if you can’t remove the hardware, you can always tape around it with painter’s tape. The last thing you want is for a trace of the previous color to show under your door handle if you’re going to be changing the hardware and locks. They may not fit exactly in the same places as your previous locks and hardware. Therefore, it is obvious that the hardware must be removed.
Also, painter’s tape should be used on any glass surfaces that you cannot remove (such as grids in windows). Remove the paint from surfaces you don’t want it adhering to with a clean cloth sprayed with TSP BEFORE the paint dries.
Step 3 – Paint Your Door
Painting tools can be selected based on your comfort level. Microfibre rollers are preferred by some, whereas brushes are preferred by others. Painting in thin coats will help you prevent brush strokes – thin coats are better than thick ones.
The best rule of thumb is to paint the edges and the recesses first, then roll on the flat surfaces. Each door is unique, so you need to paint according to its design.
Some sections of the paint will be darker as they dry. Sometimes this happens if we use microfelt paint rollers, since we don’t get an equal amount of paint all over the roller. In your first or second coat, some areas of a surface may appear thicker than others (depending on the color you’re applying). Brushing can cause it, too. Over time, you’ll have a better understanding of how to paint a surface so as to avoid this.
While you are painting, do not paint over those spots. Uneven surfaces will result from this. Whenever you use Fusion, make sure that you apply thin coats and let the first coat completely dry before applying another. Afterwards, you can touch up.
A big plus to Fusion is that it self-levels. Therefore, even if you do find that you made a mistake, the paint will take care to ensure that it dries for maximum consistency, to give you that extra bit of assurance. After every coat, let your door dry completely.
The Fusion Mineral Paint comes with an acrylic resin top coat already integrated into the paint. Therefore, you do not need to add any additional top coat to make it water-resistant.
The Fusion Mineral Paint Company manufactures paint with the best, finely ground, natural mineral pigment, which means that the paint has the greatest depth of color and coverage of any paint available. The fact that their paint is made from real mineral pigments means the color won’t fade over time!
Hopefully, this can help you to give a new look to your door. Hundreds of gorgeous colors of Fusion Mineral Paint are available for you to choose from! Share your new project with us!