I got on a fix-it jag and decided to paint our front door which was beginning to weather just a little bit. This paint was the recommendation of my favorite local hardware store. Although it took two coats to cover the old gray, I am very happy with the results.
This is an acrylic latex paint so it cleans up easily with soap and water. You can get this paint in various finishes, but I chose Satin. It also comes in Flat, Semi-Gloss, and Gloss. Satin is just one step up from Flat. I’m happy with this choice. I didn’t want a shiny door, but I don’t think that flat coatings wash very well.
This paint can be mixed in any of thousands of standard colors, or they will match anything you bring in. I wasn’t trying to match anything, so I chose a deep colonial blue called “Assertive.” I think it sets off the light blue vinyl siding nicely.
The paint went on smoothly, without dripping or running. It says “one-coat coverage, ” but I suspected that wasn’t going to be realistic with putting a dark color over what previously was pretty much a primer-gray door. I did have to do two coats. You must wait a day between coatings, so this turned into a two-day project.
I was happy with the self-leveling of the finish. This is something I always look for in a paint-- will be brush marks show, or will it smooth itself out. The previous painting of the door had quite a few brush marks that showed, so I knew that unless I sanded the whole door those were still going to show through. I wasn’t willing to do that, but this paint actually reduced the amount that the marks showed. So if it were applied on a previously nice smooth surface I think it would look very smooth.
There was very little odor associated with this paint. Oddly enough, it didn’t really smell like most latex paints.
This paint carries a Lifetime Warranty, which I find interesting. They do not cover structural failure, or failure of the underlying coating. I’m not sure how you would prove that any peeling or flaking wasn’t due to a poor undercoat. Nevertheless, they offer it.
Of course, after just two days, the dog jumped on the door. She doesn’t usually do this, but you know that new paint just has to be scratched, right? I am very pleased to report that no scratch shows! If this is an indication of the durability I’m going to be extra happy.
I’ve not even used a fourth of the quart on this door and another little decor project, so I’m thinking the kitchen door might get to be blue also.
After a couple of months, I can see a few areas where I applied the paint a bit too thin. But these could be touched up.