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Looking for ways to add a little color to the exterior of your home? Painting your fiberglass entry doors in Charlotte is an easy and trendy way to add character and curb appeal. Here are a few must-known tips you should review before starting on your door painting project.

1. Always Strip Old Color Before Painting

It might be tempting to save time and effort by simply painting over the old color on your door, but doing so would be a mistake. If you paint over old color, you may not achieve the smooth surface you want. Thankfully, it is pretty easy to strip off old paint if you use the right products. Just follow these steps:

1. Purchase methylene chloride-based stripper

2. Follow product directions to mix and strip off old color

3. Remove any residue with grade 000 or 0000 steel wool or a hard nylon bristle brush (medium)

Once you have stripped the old color, you’ll have a fresh canvas to work with when painting your fiberglass entry doors in Charlotte.

2. Purchase the Right Type of Paint

If you have epoxy resin fiberglass doors, use epoxy-based paint. If you have polyester fiberglass doors, use polyester-based paint. Then, follow the steps on the can to paint your doors. Always use exterior paint and keep in mind that fiberglass needs to be primed before it is painted.

3. Sand Your Doors

Before you begin painting, sand your doors down to a smooth, dull finish with a medium grit sandpaper. Wipe the door down after sanding with a soft rag dampened with mineral spirits. Wait until the door is fully dry before painting.

Upgrade Your Doors

If you would rather purchase new fiberglass entry doors in Charlotte instead of painting over your current doors, Zen Windows would love to help you choose the right style for your home. For a free estimate, fill out our online form or call us directly at (704) 980-0057. We look forward to hearing from you!