How to Paint Door with Paint Sprayer

Before You Start

Before You StartBefore getting started with painting a door with the paint sprayer you have to consider the timing. It is really important to determine that how long it will take to paint and get it dry so you can resume the use of the door. Generally, it takes three to five hours to paint a door and if we estimate the drying process then it will take a day to get finished. So, considering the time you have to get started early so you can end up in time. Just after timing, make the right selection of the paint such as the sheen can be difficult to clean but with a flat finish. On the other hand high gloss will be easy to clean but difficult with the finish. So, satin and semi-gloss is a preferable option to make the good compromise over the paint selection. If you are having the multiple doors to paint then start with the least prominent at first to have the trial and error practice onto it.

Prep Tips

Prep tipsBefore getting started with the painting it is better to have some preparations so you can have a good flow of work. This will also help you to avoid any after effects or damages to other things around you. The following tips can actually help you with better preparations:

  • Remove all the hardware from the door such as locks, grips or other things that you don’t want to get painted.
  • Cover up the areas that you want to keep away from the paint
  • Clean the door with a household cleaner, especially remove dust or grease from the door
  • Fill up the dents or damages on the door with fillings to make it smooth and even
  • Remove old paint from the surface to its maximum to get the perfect new paint layer. Scrubbing is the best option to achieve the best smooth surface.

Sanding Tips

Sanding tipsBefore getting started with the painting you have to make the surface clean and smooth so you will have a perfect finish. In this regard, all you need is to sand the door or rack properly the surface will be smooth and even get the paint onto it. Here are some tips that can help you with better results:

  • Pick up the sandpaper designed for the paint. In case of common sandpaper you might end up with heavy clogging that will make it useless.
  • Make sure the use of 120 to 150 grit that will ideally give you the smooth results. You can switch to the coarser paper of 80 grit, in the problematic areas
  • On flat areas make the use of hard sanding block instead of the sponges or soft backed abrasives
  • Get a complete set of sandpapers and sponges so you will have the required tool for curves and shaped areas.
  • To get the final look, inspect it with low angle lightening as it will give you more highlights.

Airless Paint Sprayers: Pros and Cons


  • The airless paint sprayers simplifies painting by making it easy, quick and smooth
  • You get the ultimate glass smooth finish on woodwork and doors
  • The high pressure of the sprayer spread the drops of paint evenly on the surface
  • Different tips let you paint with different products such as lacquer, varnish, satin, latex house paints etc.
  • Amazing for large paint jobs as you can do it quickly and perfectly with the sprayer
  • It is easy to get hands on the sprayer with a little practice


  • A large percentage of paint ends up in the air and it doesn’t stick to the surface so it will consume a larger amount of paint.
  • Due to a wide spread of paint drops in air, the paint can spare to the surroundings easily, you need to cover the rest of the area
  • You need extra time to mask off or cover the other areas
  • Outdoor painting can be risky and end up with some after effects
  • You need some extra time to clean and manage your sprayer supplies in the end.

Spraying Technique

Spraying techniqueTo spray it right you need to catch up with basic technique.

  • Before reaching the edge of the door, squeeze the trigger
  • To get the even and balanced paint cover, move the sprayer quickly across the door keeping it parallel
  • When the sprayer is past the opposite edge of the door release the trigger
  • Make your plan for spraying sequence before getting it started like work on the edges first then top to bottom and serve the angels side to side
  • Gun should be in perpendicular position to surface
  • Move the gun fast; fill up the thin coats instead of one thick
  • Try to overlap your strokes about 30 to 50 percent

Airless Sprayer Safety

While dealing with the Airless Spray you have to take some of the important precautions that will keep you safe. Following is the list for your help:

  • When stop spraying keep the trigger locked and follow the pressure relief guidelines
  • Follow the precautions before cleaning, servicing or installing the sprayer tips
  • Do not put your hand in front of sprayer tip, unless it is depressurized or unit is off
  • Be safe with the high-pressure spray as this can damage your skin and cause hazards at large.
  • If you get a puncture from spray to your skin, make sure to contact a doctor immediately.
  • Put your safety glasses on when you are working with the airless spray
  • Make sure to work in the properly ventilated area, ideally make the use of spray paint in an outdoor environment.
  • Follow all grounding precautions to prevent sparks if you are spraying the flammable oil-based products.


To paint your door with the paint sprayer can be an easy and fun thing only if you are following all the necessary guidelines. It will definitely give you the best outcomes but make sure that you are going to consider the major precautions at first. Do not ignore the safety precautions in order to get the quick work done.