Painting Door Frame of Replacement Front Door

During the spring and summer last year we wrote about our experiences with our replacement front door.

Well, even though the replacement for the replacement front door was installed in late June, it was only until recently that we found the time to paint the door frame.

Now, if you remember nothing else, remember this. When you order a new front door and frame, please make sure that the door frame comes at least primed.

The first replacement door came with a pre-primed door frame. The second one did not.

unpainted door frame Painting Door Frame of Replacement Front Door

I always have trouble painting the inside door frame for an exterior door because the weather stripping gets in the way. Even with painter’s tape, I still seem to get paints somewhere on the weather stripping.

weather stripping on unpainted door frame Painting Door Frame of Replacement Front Door

Now, with the first replacement door we received in January I tried to paint the pre-painted interior side of the door. This did not go well. Even though I very gently sanded the factory paint after a short while the paint on the edges started to come off. Good thing there were all those installation issues with the first replacement door which saw us receive the second one.

As well I tried to paint the plastic frames of the window inserts in the door and the side lights. Again this did not go well.

So, the approach this time was not to paint any of the factory painted inside part of the door or it’s side lights area; neither was I painting the plastic window frames for the window inserts. I was simply going to paint the wooded frame.

So to start I applied the painter’s tape along all the edges of the baseboard, the frame, and of course around the hinges.

black door hinge Painting Door Frame of Replacement Front Door

I also did my best to apply the painter’s tape on the inside of the weather stripping on the door frame.

I also removed the two catches (I can’t remember the correct term icon smile Painting Door Frame of Replacement Front Door ) on the door frame, one for the deadbolt and one for the door latch. This way I would not have to worry about getting paint on them.

door frame without catches Painting Door Frame of Replacement Front Door

Next, I sanded the wood filler which was used to cover the holes caused by the finishing nails used to install the frames as well as to finish the gaps where the horizontal and vertical window frames met. Yes, there is white wood filler. This would have been the better way to go. However, the installer did not have any so he used what he had on him.

wood filler on door frame Painting Door Frame of Replacement Front Door

Then I applied primer to the pre-painted crown molding and the unpainted door frame, followed by two coats of paint over a 24 hour period.

Now, there is nothing hard about painting a door frame IMO. You just need to have patience and take it slow. So, that’s what I did.

There is, however, a challenge I have always had once the painting is done. We’ll cover that tomorrow. I tried a different technique and it actually seems to have worked.

To continue to the next and last article in this short series, simply select this link to Part 2.

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