Painting Fiberglass Doors

tuesday_2008October 25, 2010

I have 3 smooth fiberglass doors to paint and need all the pointers I can get. I have heard that they are difficult to get a nice finish. They are factory primed; it has been suggested that I reprime to get a good finish. Is Binzer 123 appropriate for this?

I am looking for suggestions/recommendations to get as nice a finish as possible. Is it better to roll or brush? Or a combination of both? My husband thinks I should get an auto-body shop to spray, but I don't want to do that. I plan to paint the enteriors to match my interior trim and the exterior a color to match exterior.

I know that I will not be able to maintain that extra-smooth factory finish and I fully expect some brush marks -

just looking for pointers on doing the best job. I plan to use semi-gloss inside and stain outside. Thoughts on that??


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Yes, Zinnser 123 is a fine primer for this. Whether you like roller stipple or brushmarks showing is a matter of personal preference. I use a roller no matter what because it just gets the paint on quicker...once it is on the door you can backbrush if you like. I roll them and leave them...I use self levelling paints so that the stipple is barely noticeable.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2010 at 10:51PM
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ONe more quick question - as you know, the fiberglass finish is extremely smooth. Should I try to do any light sanding before applying the primer. They are so smooth, it does not appear that sanding is going to "rough" them up any. ????

    Bookmark   October 29, 2010 at 8:48AM
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