Fiberglass Exterior Doors

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by Weaselpolooza, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. Weaselpolooza

    Weaselpolooza New Member

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    Can Fiberglass exterior door be painted? I have come across some cheap doors, but they are not the color I want.
  2. OldPete

    OldPete DIY Senior Member

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    Yes. In fact, they must be, in most cases to keep warranty on them.

    Pete
  3. Weaselpolooza

    Weaselpolooza New Member

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    Actually they are already painted. I would be painting over the existing paint to match my color scheme. Is this OK?
  4. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    Go for it.
  5. OldPete

    OldPete DIY Senior Member

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    Yes. And if you use a stripper or something to remove the paint (and not the kind you find in a night-club, ;)) -- use care since some of them can do funky things to fiberglass.
  6. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    I think paint stripper would be a waste of time and effort on a fiberglass door. You might want to lightly sand the surface, but even that might not be necessary, depending on the paint you use.
  7. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    I agree with G.S. This is a straightforward paint issue....surface prep is the key. I wouldn't use any chemicals, not even liquid sandpaper. A little TSP would probably take any sheen off, then I would use a good coat of primer and best quality acrylic topcoat.
  8. indyjps

    indyjps mechanical engineer

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    ive done them with auto paint, scuff them down, degrease and shoot the paint, you can have it mixed in any color and any amount of shine. use a single stage with a hardener and youre good to go. you can even wax them once a year.
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