Pre-primed interior door used as exterior door

eclectomanJune 2, 2011

I have to use a pre-primed wood interior door as an outside door. I'm wondering if I should add a coat of exterior primer, or just paint it with the finish colors. Thanks in advance.

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sombreuil_mongrel

It won't really matter as using an interior door outside is a doomed enterprise.
Casey

    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 7:17PM
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jessicaml

And though Casey is most likely dead-on, it never hurts to prime the so-called pre-primed doors. Since you're using it as an exterior door, you might as well use an exterior primer under your exterior paint.

Some of the first apartments I looked at had interior doors for the front door. My parents said no and drove to a different part of town to look...

    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 8:39PM
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Some of the first apartments I looked at had interior doors for the front door. My parents said no and drove to a different part of town to look...

Some of us parents actually are smart.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 6:42AM
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Faron79

If it's a hollow door...obviously forget it!!

If it's a cheap pine door....forget it!!

IF it's a decent solid door, yes...scuff-sand thoroughly and re-prime ALL sides.
THEN 2 coats of new color, at least Satin sheen.

Faron

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 11:29AM
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jessicaml

"Some of us parents actually are smart."

Indeed! Though back then I was just upset that living in a nice apartment meant I couldn't have a pet. ;)

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 11:59AM
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lazy_gardens

Don't bother painting it at all. It will not last more than a couple of years no matter what you do to it.

And why do you "have to"?

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 2:41PM
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