Painting an Iron Front Door

Fairly frequently, we receive different questions from potential clients about various painting projects and methods. One of the messages we received was 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.

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