Painting bare wood doors

gjhDecember 5, 2012

This topic has been covered but maybe not sufficiently for me. I'm replacing interior doors with pine or fir 6-panel doors (the kind filled with particle board). I've seen various posts that call for starting with sanding sealer, others that say to start with primer, and I've seen sanding sealer and then primer. I could use either oil-based or latex primer (or sanding sealer I suppose), but the finish paint is going to be latex to match everything else.

I'm guessing other people have some experience with this.

Thanks in advance.

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There were posts that say to prime with sanding sealer? I hope not! Sanding sealer is a product used to apply over wood that has been stained that seals the wood and makes it easier to sand before applying the finish coats. It's only used as a first coat when you are appling clear finishes like varnish or polyurethane. As for painting six panel doors, you can prime with a high quality acrylic primer (tops and bottoms too) followed by two coats of finish paint. You may also want to look at masonite doors that come pre primed. 6 panel pine doors are not the best choice of doors to my opinion those are stain grade doors.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 7:30PM
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Locally, I'm not able to find samples of solid core "masonite" doors, only the hollow core junk. I've heard Masonite and Simpson are good. Any advice?

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 12:28PM
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