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How To Paint A Louvered Door [A Complete Guide]

Sometimes louvered doors can become discolored or worn-looking due to everyday wear and tear. Painting a louvered door is a great way to make it look brand new again. You may be wondering how to paint a louvered door, given their slated surface. We've researched the best method for you, and in this post, we will discuss it in detail.

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Here are the steps to paint a louvered door:

  1. Gather your materials
  2. Tape the door
  3. Clean the door
  4. Remove the door
  5. Sand the door
  6. Apply a primer
  7. Paint the door
  8. Check your work

Louvered doors can be painted pretty much the same way as other interior doors. The biggest challenge with painting these doors is deciding which method is best for the paint application. Continue reading to learn more about which ones work best.

A louvered blue front door in St. Michael's, Maryland, How To Paint A Louvered Door [A Complete Guide]

Steps to Paint a Louvered Door

Before painting your louvered door, it's best to list all the tools and materials you need for the job. If you plan to use previously used paint, be sure first to check the paint to make sure that it is still good. This means opening up the can and mixing it to ensure viability.

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Things you'll need:

  • 2-inch latex paintbrush
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Paint roller
  • Sanding block or orbital sander
  • Screwdriver
  • Interior acrylic latex paint
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Lint-free cleaning cloth
  • Latex primer
  • 3-inch latex paintbrush

1. Gather your materials

Start by gathering all of your painting materials and placing them in the room. This includes your brushes, rollers, tarp, and paint cans. You'll also want to don a respirator to avoid breathing any paint fumes. Next, lay down a tarp on the area around the door to avoid spilling paint on your floor. If you don't have a tarp, you can also use trash bags or newspapers as well.

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2. Tape the door

Next, apply painter's tape to the areas around the door that you don't want to paint, including the door hinges, surrounding walls, and any metal or decorative ornaments on the door such as knobs and other items.

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3. Clean the door

Take your all-purpose cleaner and apply it to the door using a lint-free cloth. This is to remove any dirt or grime that may have accumulated on the louvers. These doors are particularly susceptible to dust due to their slated surface, so pay special attention to these areas. It may also be helpful to wrap your lint-free cloth around a putty knife and work it into the louvers of the door to remove the dirt in between them.

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4. Remove the door

If the door is on a sliding track, lift it to remove it from the track and place it on a work table, sawhorse, or on top of a tarp on the floor to be painted.

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5. Sand the door

Next, take your sanding block and go over the front side of the door. The sanding block should be no rougher than a 220-grit. You can also use an orbital sander or sanding paper for this task as well. If the door has already been painted, make sure any previous paint is completely removed. Go over the border of the door with the sanding block, and go back and sand between the louvers with folded pieces of sanding paper or an orbital sander with a two-inch attachment.

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6. Apply a primer

After sanding both sides of the door, take out your primer and gently agitate the can to mix up the solution. Next, apply the primer to one side of the door using thin, even coats. Start on the border of the door and then go back and paint the louvers. Once the first side has been painted, wait about 45 minutes to an hour and then paint the other side of the door.

If you have the door on a sawhorse, ensure that the first side is dry before flipping the door over. If you're applying more than one coat of primer, be sure to lightly sand the door before each additional coat. And afterward, lightly brush the area to remove any dust.

7. Paint the door

After the primer has been applied, it's now time to paint the door. Start by painting the border of the door. Next, paint the louvers of the door. Apply the paint in the same manner in which you did the primer.

Ensure that you use thin coats when painting the louvers as you don't want them to drip on one another. It may be helpful to sand the doors in between paint coats lightly. After the first side of the door has dried completely, paint the other side. Once the first coat of paint is dry, apply anywhere from one to three additional coats as needed.

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8. Check your work

Once both sides of the door have dried, take a close look at your work to check for any areas that may be lacking paint or that need a touch-up. Re-paint those areas as needed. If everything looks good, re-attach the door and hardware and remove any painter's tape from the door and surrounding areas.

Can you spray paint louvered doors?

Yes, you can spray paint louvered doors instead of using rollers or paintbrushes. The process is very similar to other paint methods. Here are the steps to do it:

1. Prep the door and the surrounding area

Take the door off its hinges and place it on a table, sawhorse, or floor on a tarp. Next, tape over any hardware or surrounding areas that you don't want to paint during the process. If you're placing the door on a sawhorse, be sure to put plastic sheeting over the sawhorse as not to spray it with paint as well.

2. Use a paint scraper

If you have spray-painted the door previously and the paint is starting to peel, scrape off this paint to ensure a good final finish and even coating. You can also use an electrical or hand sander to remove the paint from the door. Be sure to wipe the door down with a mildly damp cloth to remove any dirt, debris, or dust from the door.

3. Apply a primer

If you're using a spray primer, start by spraying the door around the border area. Next, spray the louvers of the door, starting at the top and going from left to right. If you're using a paintbrush to apply the primer, start on the borders of the doors and then go back and prime the louvers. Once the first side of the primer has dried, go back and prime the other side. Before applying any additional coats, be sure to lightly sand the door in between them for better paint adhesion.

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4. Spray paint the door

Next, starting from the top of the door, spray the louvers going from left to right until you reach the bottom of the door. Be sure to use quick even motions when spraying the door, and do not hold the can any more than eight inches close to the door. This will help prevent pooling and paint drips.

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What paint to use on wood interior doors?

Either latex or oil-based paint will work well on interior wood doors. Keep in mind that if you use oil-based paint, it will take about twice the time to dry, but both paints are suitable for these doors.

As far as paint sheen is concerned, the most common options include semi-gloss and gloss paint. These paints are recommended because they are fairly easy to clean and maintain.

Do closet doors need to match other doors?

Most interior designers will tell you that the closet doors should match the other room doors. However, if you want to switch things up in your home, they can be mismatched. If the closet doors match other doors, it will allow for more consistency and fluidity within the living space. It can also create an interesting contrast if they don't, however.

How do you remove old paint from louvered doors?

The easiest way to remove old paint from louvered doors is to use an orbital sander with a two-inch attachment that can fit between the louvers. You can also use sandpaper. However, this method would be more laborious and would take more time to complete.

Wrapping Things Up

A louvered blue front door in St. Michael's, Maryland, How To Paint A Louvered Door [A Complete Guide]

As you can see, painting louvered doors is fairly similar to painting other types of interior doors. The most important thing to remember is to apply thin coats of paint when going over the louvers to prevent paint drips and pooling.

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