How To Paint The Interior Doors In Your Mobile Home

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If the doors in your mobile home have fingerprints or smudges, or you simply want to improve their overall appearance, it might be time to paint the doors. While the material of interior doors in mobile homes might vary slightly, you will still use the same basic supplies to paint the door. Here are some tips and instructions for painting the interior doors inside your mobile home.

Gather Your Supplies

If you don't often paint at home, you will need to make a visit to your local hardware store. Most of these tools and supplies are inexpensive, so it shouldn't be a pricey DIY job. In order to paint the interior doors of your mobile home, you will need:

  • Sponge
  • Dish detergent
  • Tack cloth
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brushes
  • Drop cloth
  • Cleaning rags
  • Primer
  • Paint sealant
  • Painter's tape
  • Rollers
  • Water bucket
  • Paint tray
  • Interior latex paint

Remove the Door

Doors are a lot easier to paint when they are removed from their hinges, so you should start there. Use your screwdriver to loosen the screws and pull the door off the hinges. Mobile home doors are typically lightweight, so it shouldn't be too difficult to maneuver it. Once the door is off the hinges, you can either remove the door handle and other hardware on the door, or leave it on and just protect it with painter's tape.

Clean the Door

The door must be cleaned and prepared before you start painting it. You can make your own cleaning solution in a bucket by combining warm water and mild dish detergent. Get out a sponge and start scrubbing away at the door, making sure you get every inch of the front and back. Don't forget to clean the sides and edges as well, as grime can build up in these areas. Scrub and clean the door thoroughly, then rinse it and dry it afterward. If the door you are painting has a gloss to it, you will need to apply a liquid de-glosser. This removes the gloss finish and gets rid of wax and grease build-up as well.

Finish Prepping the Door

You are now ready for the final stages of prepping the door before painting it. Once the door is clean and dry, get out your sandpaper and start sanding it on the front and back, and the sides. Don't forget about the corners! Once you are happy with the sanding, wipe down the door with your task cloth to get rid of the sand left behind. If there are parts of the door not being painted, such as a door knob, cover it with painter's tape. Before you continue with the primer and paint, protect your work area by laying down drop cloths.

Prime and Paint

Paint one small area of the door to find out if you need to apply primer first. If the paint doesn't seem to bond right, you need to add primer first. You can tell this by how it looks when you apply it. If it appears as if you just painted an even coat, then you don't need primer. If it has a watery appearance, it isn't bonding, and you need the primer base. Spray on the primer if you need it, using a sweeping motion in one direction. Cover the entire door and let it dry.

Once the primer is dry, apply your first coat of interior latex paint. You can use a combination of rollers and paint brushes to paint the door on the front, back, corners, and sides. Paint it with one even coat at a time, letting it dry between coats. For the most part, you won't need more than a coat or two for an interior door.


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