Preventing a door sticking after painting
Hearing the freshly painted front door’s paint stick to the jamb when you welcome guests to your home is embarrassing and it damages your paint job. Homeowners like the privacy and safety of a shut door, so leaving it open until the paint dries is not a preferred option. Careful preparation and good planning helps painters circumvent this common problem. Protect your new door finish from smears and make an exterior door face lift last longer.
Choosing the Best Time
To avoid a sticky situation, begin this project on a warm, sunny day with low humidity. Painting a door when the weather is rainy or humid slows the drying process and leads to sticking. Start your exterior door project in the morning to give the door plenty of time to dry. Paint the door the first day, and the jamb the second day. Spreading out the painting process minimizes the constant rubbing of two freshly painted surfaces together.
Prepping the Door
Start with a thorough examination of the door looking for old paint drips or rust spots. Painting a smooth door gives paint better contact. Sand away bumps and lumps to allow the paint to dry smoothly, lessening the chances of the freshly painted door sticking to the jamb. Also, remove the weather-stripping around the door prior to painting it. Damp paint sticks to the rubber seal. Replace it with a new seal after your painting project is completed.
Applying the Paint
For the best paint adhesion, apply a primer first. After the primer application, paint on an oil-based exterior paint using a 2 to 2 1/2-inch nylon paintbrush. Position the door so that is open and out of direct sunlight. Even drying is crucial to a good paint cure.
The best paint for an exterior door is a satin or semi-gloss paint.
Use Wax for Protection
One way to prevent paint stickiness is to place wax paper between the door and the door jamb. The wax from the paper creates a barrier between the two surfaces. Don’t immediately stick the paper in the door frame. Instead, wait for the door to dry for one to two hours. Then place the wax paper between the two surfaces before closing the door for the night. Using wax paper while paint is wet will mar the paint job. Another wax method is to rub a white candle over the edges of the door after the paint dries. This gives the freshly painted door some protection from the newly finished jamb.