If you want to add a striking appearance to the front of your home, you cannot go wrong with a composite door. Composite doors are modern and lightweight, and they come in a wide range of styles and colours, so you are sure to find the perfect door to complement the look of your home. But what if your composite doors are fading or losing their colour, or if you find them boring now? Is it possible to paint your composite doors a different colour and give your doors a bit of a refresh? Or will the doors have to be replaced?

Most composite door manufacturers claim that composite doors should never be repainted and should always be replaced. However, not everyone can afford to spend about £1,000 on door replacement every time they want to add a splash of colour or soften the exterior of their home. If you recently bought a lovely house but dislike the front door’s colour, you should be able to repaint it easily. The same is true if you have grown tired of staring at the same door in your home for years, if not a decade. 

That brings us to the next question…

How Do You Paint a Composite Door?

Choose the right paint. 

When painting a composite door, the most critical factor to keep in mind is its composition. 

Composite doors are available in a wide variety of materials, including wood, uPVC, and metal. That means you cannot use the same paint you would typically use when painting wooden doors. If you do that, you may encounter adhesion problems or the underlying materials may “bleed” through and result in a shadowing effect. 

Oil-based enamels are always a better choice than latex paints since they cover the surface more uniformly. It is important to note that you should apply two layers of paint if you want a clean look.

If you are still unsure about which paint to use, contact the door manufacturer and inquire whether they recommend any formulations.

Prepare the door.

Before applying the paint, you should prepare the door. Preparation is all the more important if you are applying the paint to metallic surfaces or areas of bare wood. These surfaces must first be primed with oil-based paint as the oil acts as a sealant, giving the resulting top coat a smooth and flawless finish.

In addition to painting concerns, check the door for any rough spots (for example, a previously milled surface). Before applying the paint, sand these areas down with fine-grit sandpaper.

As previously said, you should apply two layers of paint. Allow the first layer to dry properly for at least 24 hours before re-applying to ensure proper adhesion.

To Summarise

Yes, you can certainly paint a composite door. And the best thing is that you do not need to be a professional painter to complete this task or burn a hole in your pocket. Changing the colour of your front door is inexpensive and straightforward, and it can really add a new dimension to the front of your home.