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what are the steps to painting a fiberglass door that is already burgundy

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Posted 2013-08-16T01:41:30+0000  by adelv adelv

Welcome to our community Adelv!


Thank you for your question! The first thing you are going to want to do is lightly sand the surface, just enough to scuff it up.


Do you know if the paint on the door is oil or latex based? If it is oil based, you will either want to use an oil based paint or use an oil based primer, followed by a latex based paint.


If it is latex based, prime it first with latex based paint (for added durability), or you can paint on top of it directly with a latex based paint or you can use a paint and primer in one.  


Are you wanting to keep your door the same color, or are you changing it? If you are keeping the same color (or darker) I would highly recommend using oil based paint (if what is on there now is oil based) or a latex based paint (if what you have on there is latex based) directly on the door, without a primer. The problem with primer is that, while we can tint it, it will not be able to be tinted burgundy. At best it will be a pinkish color. Since red is such a hard color to paint, you will want to keep the richness of the color that is already there and use that to your advantage. Still lightly sand the surface so that your new paint has something to stick to. You need to keep with the same chemical make up (oil or latex) or else the paint will bubble and it will create a whole new problem. 


If you are making it a lighter color, use the correct primer and then apply at least two coats of paint.


To see if your door is currently painted with an oil or latex based primer, put some rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol on a clean rag and run it on a small, inconspicuous part of the door. If some of the paint is on the rag it is latex based, if it does not, it is oil based.


If you have any more questions, please let us know!


Christine :smileyhappy:

Posted 2013-08-19T16:17:41+0000  by Christine_HD_ATL
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