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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:00 pm 
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Hi

This really appears to be an easy question to answer but as I am a complte amateur I thought I would check with the experts before making a complete mess of the front door.

I am looking to change the colour of the external door but I do not know whether the door has a wood or metal front (I know, what an idiot) I attach a photo of the door and I assume this is a metal front but could someone please confirm so I know which paint I will need to purchase.

Also, is it worth getting an electric sander to prepare the door for speed or are they useless? If they are useful, which type will be best to purchase?

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It's probably wood or plastic, can't see it being metal as it would weigh a tonne.

Electric sanders definitely help, try and borrow one if it's just for the door.


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I have the back door and garage side door to do as well as some posts which support an overhang so I will probably purchase a sander. Which type would be the best? Would a sheet sander be sufficient or will it need to be a belt or orbital?

Also, I have attached a picture of the inside of the door - I think it must be plastic on the front of the door in that case. Do I need special paint for this or will any normal external paint and primer be suitable?

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Orbital or sheet it's your choice and budget.

My dad was advised to use Bedec MSP on his pvc door. He has limited ability and did a fair job. The paint stayed on and looked good for a long time so might be worth considering. It's also self priming so one tin would do the lot. They are limited in colours though.

Give it a good wash down first.

Remove any flakey bits, feather/blend in as much as poss. Everything needs a key for the new paint to stick. A sanding pad would be good on the profiles. Give it a good wipe with methalayted spirits about half an hour before painting. This will degrease and improve adhesion.

Depending on temperature a bit of water in the paint would help.

You could go oil based but it's not for me.


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I think oil for external colour use is not a bad idea, but it takes bleeding ages to dry with the attendant security issues while you leave it open to dry. I did my garage doors (metal) in oil based paint recently and the look good. Personally I would be careful using a sander especially on the edges of mouldings. I am not sure if that is a plastic faced composite. If it is plastic it might be a different paint route you should take. Can you see anything in the letterbox cut out that might indicate the structure?

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