"The Front Door"

Discussion in 'Project Photos' started by enc, May 11, 2020.

  1. enc

    enc Active Member

    yes, one coat though there were a couple of patches after it had dried where it needed another run over with the brush. the paint is excellent and very easy to apply. I think it helped that there's a "grain" on the surface of the door.
     
  2. FraserD

    FraserD Member

    Hmmm, never had the best eyesight...
     
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  3. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    Does look good indeed, very satisfying end job and for not a lot of ££ either

    Need to paint my UPVC door but weather has been terrible last few weeks, didn’t get round to it over the last few dry months :(

    When we chose our door, of course we didn’t go with any of the stock colours, that would have been too easy !

    Other benefit of stock colours is that their solid colour through the UPVC skin so scratches aren’t an issue

    Our door was sprayed to a selected RAL number, grey over a white skin - so scratches, which there are many, look terrible

    Will also be using the Bedec MSP, have used a few times before and yes, it’s superb
     
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  4. koolpc

    koolpc Screwfix Select

    Mine has a grain effect too..
     
  5. FraserD

    FraserD Member

    Mine doesn't...:confused:
     
  6. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    The grain texture is a bonus which makes itself ideal for painting as the light is reflected in a different way than on a smooth flat surface.
     
  7. FraserD

    FraserD Member

    Yes thanks, I've painted grained surfaces and much easier.

    The smooth will be unforgiving I suppose, but the paint looks good and I'm happy to give it a go. The anthracite against a concrete grey will look better than my white door against the current disgusting sandy colour.
     
  8. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    Photos before and after!:confused:
     
  9. koolpc

    koolpc Screwfix Select

    I guess giving it a good key will do the trick. OP did a good job at the preparation stage.
     
  10. FraserD

    FraserD Member

    Ha, can I get back to you on that...

    May be a while off, still trying to get masonary paint.
     
  11. FraserD

    FraserD Member

    Definitely.
     
  12. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select


    Yes I’ve got real plastic grain on my door as well so that’s good to know it’s a bonus

    Was concerned about the grey flaking / scratching off when we were discussing having it sprayed but of course the salesperson did a fantastic job of allaying our fears

    Some months later, when scratches started appearing, of course, this wasn’t covered under any warranty details as we’d gone off the ‘norm’ and gone ‘custom’

    Fair enough, some damage was beyond average wear and tear ... like when my youngest boy crashed head first on his bike into the front door as he ‘forgot to brake’ :mad:
     
  13. enc

    enc Active Member

    yes, careful preparation is a must. degreasing and soft wire wool to get into the grain cleft. also, a tack cloth to remove the dust created by the sanding prep.
    preperation took twice as long as the actual painting.
    i only recently discovered the joys of frog tape... which gives a FAR superior edge to the standard masking tape id used to seal the glass on this door.
     
  14. koolpc

    koolpc Screwfix Select

    My ex works in a Paint trade place and still gets me discount :p
     
  15. FraserD

    FraserD Member

    So I've finally done this, some pictures as requested. The pictures aren't the best quality but I'm very happy with the result.

    Hope the OP doesn't mind. IMG-20201026-WA0006.jpg IMG-20201026-WA0007.jpg
     

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  16. enc

    enc Active Member

    Lovely job Fraser. Looks particularly nice with the blue sections of glass. Totally Transformed with the other grey areas.
     
  17. FraserD

    FraserD Member

    Thanks, for the comment and also the inspiration to do it, didn't think I'd get a good result till seeing your post. Was worried about the smooth surface, the first coat looked horrendous.
     
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  18. enc

    enc Active Member

    I guess laying paint on a smooth door is a bit trickier than on a “grained” door like mine. Be mindful it takes up to 30 days to fully harden perhaps even longer in current conditions. Apart from one wash down with a soapy sponge mine remains untouched...And still looking good.
     
  19. FraserD

    FraserD Member

    Yes I'm aware of that, was quite nervous that my new handle hadn't arrived and had to use old one, but was unmarked after taking old one off, which is encouraging.
     
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  20. great work. To confirm, this is a composite door and not a timber door? I am in a new build and we have a black door, am keen to do it a dark grey like this.
     
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