I want to lacquer my doors

Which paint do I need to lacquer my wooden doors? Can I also lacquer a PVC or aluminium door? What about inside doors compared to outside doors? Here you can find a step-by-step plan including the answers to these questions, useful tips and products that you can use.

 

STEP 1: PREPARATION

First of all, you can either take the door out of its frame and remove the hardware and door handles, or you can use masking tape to cover the parts that do not need to be painted. If you're going to paint the door frame as well, then it's better to tape off the adjoining walls too. Prepare your door by cleaning and degreasing it, and then sanding and dusting it. The large, even surfaces of the door can be easily sanded with a sander. For the smaller details, it's better to sand manually. 

STEP 2: APPLYING PRIMER

Primer for wooden inside doors

For wooden inner doors and door frames, it's best to use a water-based primer. For a good final result, you definitely need two coats of primer. If your doors have been painted before and the layer of paint is still in good condition, you do not need to apply primer and after cleaning and sanding, you can immediately start applying the topcoat.

Primer for wooden outside doors

Do you have wooden outside doors? Then apply two layers of systemic wood primer as an undercoat. For doors, you could also use a one-pot system (primer and topcoat in one), but a traditional synthetic wood primer in combination with the appropriate finishing coat (step 3) will give a much more scratch-resistant and smooth result, which is why we prefer it.

Primer for (inside or outside) PVC and aluminium doors

For aluminium or PVC doors, you need a multi primer to ensure that your finishing coat will adhere well. You only need to apply one coat of the multi primer.