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Paint a Prepaint and Metal Door

I purchased and painted my front (Metal) door, I used Semi-Gloss Exterior paint, After painting the door with 3 layers, My door looks ruff and feels ruff, Waiting to add each coat to dry between each layer. What do I need to do to make the door and look smooth  and to touch? I used a roller for Doors.
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Posted 2015-07-02T15:13:12+0000  by CeMarie CeMarie
Welcome to The Community CeMarie,

Sorry to learn of your problem with rough paint on your exterior door.

During summer, "flash drying" is one of the most common problems when painting outside.

All paints have an application temperature range.

Typically, exterior paints are labeled for application between 50- and 90-degrees Fahrenheit.

As the temp approaches 90-degrees, the solvent in the paint evaporates much more quickly.

Attempts to "smooth" the paint as it dries actually create texture.

Pro painters might say, "Don't overwork the paint as it dries."

In other words, simply apply an even coat of paint and leave it alone to dry.

Once dry, lightly sand any imperfections with 220-grit sandpaper and touch-up.

This is how you should be able to correct the rough imperfections on your door.

Working in direct sunlight will add heat to the surface you're painting.

This will also contribute to flash drying.

So, plan your project when the temps are lower and when your door is not exposed to direct sunlight.

If such a time does not exist, consider removing the door and painting in the shade of a garage or basement.

The white foam roller is the smoothest applicator we sell.

Load this roller completely and then set it aside for several minutes.

This allows the paint to fully saturate the roller.

Before beginning, go back to the tray and load the roller again.

Then, anytime your stream of paint appears narrower than the roller, go back to the tray and load the roller again.

Keeping the roller saturated as you work will help you lay down an even coat of paint.

And, above all else, resist the urge to "fix" imperfections.

Simply allow each coat to fully dry and then add the next coat ... using 220-grit sandpaper to fix the imperfections between coats.
Posted 2015-07-02T15:56:57+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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