At PaintAccess we get plenty of questions from DIY customers about the best way to paint different surfaces. Given the number of older houses being renovated at the moment, it makes sense that one of the most common questions we get is about painting timber, and specifically about painting timber doors. 

So PaintAccess CEO, Dan, and paint industry influencer, Harriet have created a new video (actually, two videos!) with a step-by-step guide for sanding, priming and painting a timber door. Working from the new Testing Bar in PaintAccess’ Matraville store, Dan and Harriet start with a stained, solid timber door typical of many 1970s and 1980s Sydney houses. 

Video 1

In the first video, Harriet uses the latest Mirka dustless sander, the Mirka DEOS Vaccum Orbit, with a smooth back-and-forth motion to ensure even sanding across the surface of the door. She then uses the iQuip 4 Knot Duster Brush to clean any remaining dust from the surface. 

Using the Mirka DEOS Interface with Mirka Abranet Sanding Strips means that the door can be sanded quickly and easily, and allows access to the decorative grooves.

As in previous videos, we’re testing two products to help customers at home to make a decision about what’s best for their project. Dan uses the Graco Ultra Cordless Airless Handheld Sprayer to apply Zinsser Smart Prime to one side of the door, the Dulux 1 Step Prep to the other. 

Harriet recommends the Graco Airless 312 Fine Finish Low Pressure Switch Tip which allows for even application of paint at around 25 cm; a great option for this project and the amount of paint that Dan and Harriet expect to apply. Dan fills the sprayer hopper with Zinsser Smart Prime first and then shows the best way to prime the Graco Ultra Cordless Airless Handheld Sprayer.

Harriet then shows just how easy the cordless handheld sprayer is to use, applying an even layer of paint to one side of the door in one movement. A quick hopper-swap later and it’s the same with the Dulux 1 Step Prep; one simple movement to apply an even coat of primer to the other side of the door.

Video 2

In the second video, Dan and Harriet continue their project and their test of Zinsser Smart Prime and Dulux 1 Step Prep. It’s a like-for-like comparison as Dan and Harriet paint two sides of the same door with the same Graco Ultra Cordless Airless Handheld Sprayer

Dan starts with a quick reminder of the test at hand - one stained timber door, sanded, and primed with two different market-leading primer products: Zinsser Smart Prime and Dulux 1 Step Prep. One on one side, one on the other.

Harriet then introduces the Mirka Goldflex Soft Roll which has sandpaper grit from 40 all the way through to 800. Folding the Mirka Goldflex Soft is a great way to get into the grooves of the door to ensure a nice evenly-sanded surface.

From there it’s time to paint. But this is a head-to-head product test, so we’re painting one side of the door in Haymes Ultratrim High Gloss and the other in Dulux Aquanamel High Gloss. In both cases Harriet uses the Graco Ultra Cordless Airless Handheld Sprayer again, ensuring a smooth and even finish from both products, on both sides of the door.

The winner? Both combinations produced an excellent result and we’re confident you’ll get the result you want whether you pick the Zinsser-Haymes combination or the Dulux-Dulux double.

If you want to buy any of the great products in these videos, you can order them online from . And if you’re in Sydney and want to check out our Testing Bar, come and visit our Matraville store. When we say “try before you buy”, we mean it.

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