Whilst decorating at home, I was tempted to use the same paint that I have used in the living room for the walls in the bathroom. A quick check online revealed to me that it is important to use the right type of paint for different areas. Bathroom paint includes additives that inhibit mildew, which is important for wet areas where walls are frequently affected by water or condensation. Similarly, specialist paint for kitchens offers a tougher finish allowing you to wipe it clean if you spill something on the wall.
Some people may be tempted to use standard white gloss for their doors and this could also be a mistake. Doors are subject to high usage, typically opened and closed each day, involving direct contact in a way that other surfaces do not. This means they require a strong durable finish for protection. External doors are particularly vulnerable to damage through exposure to the elements outside. See our special section about finishing timber doors on our website, it’s well worth a read.
Before painting or varnishing a door, we recommend that you deal with any cracks or nail holes using an appropriate filler product. Using sand paper to sand the timber will help to ensure a good smooth finish prior to painting your door. It will also help the finish to be fully absorbed. After sanding, you should brush away any dust or debris so you have a clean surface to work on, Tack cloths are very useful for this. At Doorsan we recommend Sikkens finishing products for varnishing your internal and external doors. Sikkens products are specially designed for timber surfaces and offer the appropriate level of protection for your doors. You can buy these products from our showroom.
Our website features full instructions for finishing your doors so please refer to our Door Finishing section for complete details. If you have any queries about painting or finishing your doors, then please call our customer support team on 0113 897 0984 or 0113 897 0984