Painting a Large Iron Front Door

We often receive a variety of questions from potential clients about various painting projects and methods. Recently, we received a message regarding the repainting of a large iron front door with glass inlays.

The website visitor wrote: Ron, I live in a gated community in the Bonita Springs area and have a large iron front door on the front of my home what I would like to get painted. The last time I had the door painted, the paint job only lasted a couple of years and now I have to get it repainted again. Also, I was told by the last painter that I had to make sure that I did not get any type of chemicals on the iron portions of the door and could only wash the glass with soap and water, while being careful to not get anything on the metal. Is this something that you can paint for me?

I replied as follows: Yes we do paint wrought iron doors, however the system that I use is different from what other painters use. I have seen other painters go to a home, prepare the area around the doors, lightly sand the doors, and then paint the doors with just regular exterior house paint. Soon after that, the paint often peels right off. In painting these types of doors, many painters don't know that when it is painted at the factory or by the company that Cantera Doors recommends, a clear oil-based varnish is first applied to the doors prior to painting them. When this oil-based varnish has first been put on the doors prior to painting, you just can't repaint over these doors.

The system we use takes a little longer and is more costly, however the paint job will last longer. We come to your home, prepare the surrounding surfaces, cover the glass, lightly sand the metal doors and apply 1 coat of XIM bonding primer to the doors. We then allow the primer to cure overnight.

 On the second day, we lightly sand the doors, clean them off, and then apply several coats of Modern Masters metallic paint.

Once the final coat is dry, we clean up and do any touch up to the walls with touch up paint that is supplied by the homeowner.

I have been using metallic paint on doors for years, and I have found that this paint holds up very well to the Florida sun, and climate.

Look how nice the front of this home looks with the freshly painted doors. However, I will admit, that we did completely paint the exterior of this home at the same time we painted the front doors.

6 comments (Add your own)

1. Yanina wrote:
Hi, I was reading this article about painting a front door. I am fascinated with the finish product! specially the color. I have a wood door with glass that previous owners looks like painted very poorly! I want to remove that paint, and definitely this one will be the color that I will choose. Do you have any recommendation in terms of preparation and type of paint? I am living in Palm Harbor close to Lake Tarpon THANK YOU!

Thu, October 19, 2017 @ 11:28 PM

2. carlos lovera wrote:
Good afternoon,

I live in Weston, Florida and need to have a very similar door repainted. Since you are on the West coast I wanted to ask if you knew a contractor who uses the same care and technique you just described. I had it done before and was not happy with the results.
How many coats of metallic do you apply. Would spraying a clear matte coat on the door afterwards help?

Thank you

Tue, September 18, 2018 @ 5:19 PM

3. Sandra Jansky wrote:
What Florida markets do you cover. We live in Sorrento, just outside Orlando. Thank you

Sat, April 6, 2019 @ 8:58 AM

4. Eugene Walker wrote:
What color paint is on this door
What is the sheen flat satin semi gloss

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