How Do You Paint A Metal Patio Door? (Find OUT)

If you want to paint your metal patio door, there are a few steps that you need to take. First, prepare the surface by sanding any rust off of it with a wire brush attachment on your electric sander. Then prime it with an oil-based primer and allow that to dry for at least 24 hours. 

After that, use an enamel paint designed specifically for metal surfaces and apply two coats of paint over the primed surface. 

The last step is to apply two coats of clear topcoat sealant or polyurethane in order to protect the enamel from chipping after its first few days in use.

Painting a metal patio door requires proper surface preparation.
Choose a high-quality paint specifically formulated for metal surfaces.
Use a primer suitable for metal doors to ensure better adhesion and durability.
Apply paint in thin, even coats, allowing sufficient drying time between each coat.
Consider removing the door hardware before painting for easier and more precise application.
Protect surrounding areas from paint splatters by masking and covering them.
Follow proper safety precautions, such as wearing protective gloves and ensuring good ventilation.
Regular maintenance and cleaning can help prolong the life of the painted metal patio door.
Consult manufacturer instructions or professional advice for specific product recommendations and techniques.

Clean The Metal Patio Door

Once you’ve removed the door from its hinges, it’s time to clean it. You can use a deglosser or sandpaper to remove any paint flakes or dirt on the surface of the door, but for best results, use a wire brush.

Once you’ve cleaned it up, go ahead and prime your patio door with some primer so that all of those old paint chips are covered up before moving onto painting.

Looking to paint a metal patio door? Our comprehensive guide on how to paint a metal patio door provides step-by-step instructions, tips, and techniques to help you achieve a professional finish.

Remove The Door From The Frame

Removing the door from its frame is a fairly simple process. You’ll need to remove any screws that hold the door in place. 

There should be two or three on each hinge, and they can be removed using a screwdriver. Next, lift the door out of its frame (carefully!) and set it aside for now.

Apply Masking Tape And Newspaper To Surfaces You Don’t Want To Paint

Cover surfaces you don’t want painted with masking tape and newspaper.

Apply a coat of primer to the door, let it dry completely and then apply one more coat if needed to get a good base layer on the door.

Paint over the entire surface with your chosen paint color(s) going from top to bottom, left to right and then back again with each stroke overlapping slightly until all areas are covered in paint

SurfacesProtection Method
WallsApply masking tape along edges
WindowsUse painter’s tape to protect glass
FloorsCover with drop cloths or plastic sheets
FurnitureWrap in plastic or move to a different area
Light fixturesRemove or cover with plastic bags
HardwareRemove or cover with painter’s tape
Electrical outlets and switchesCover with painter’s tape
Trim and moldingApply masking tape along edges
AppliancesMove or cover with plastic sheets
CabinetsApply masking tape to edges and use plastic sheets for larger areas

Use A Deglosser Or Sandpaper On Glossy Finishes

A deglosser can also help with removing the glossy finish on a metal patio door. You can use a deglosser that is specifically designed for this purpose, or you can use sandpaper instead. 

When using either method, just make sure to work in small sections so that you don’t damage your paint job by removing too much of it at once.

Enhance the longevity of your outdoor furniture by learning how to stain and seal patio furniture. Our informative article on staining and sealing patio furniture covers the process, recommended products, and maintenance tips for preserving your furniture’s beauty.

Use Metal Primer

Prime the metal door. Use a metal primer to prepare the surface of your door for painting. This will help ensure that there are no blotches or other imperfections in the paint job, and it will also make sure that you get better adhesion from your topcoat of paint.

Next, remove any stickers or decals from the door by scraping them off with a plastic putty knife or razor blade. Take care not to gouge into your paint when doing this! 

Once those are removed, apply an even coat of tile grout cleaner (which should come with directions on how much to use) onto all surfaces of your patio door – don’t worry about getting some inside if you don’t want it there 

Then scrub down each side with either a sponge mop head or microfiber towel until all traces of dirt/dust/mud/etc have been removed and you have smooth bare metal ready for painting

Select A Paint Type

You can apply paint to metal in two ways: with a brush or roller. For small areas like the bottom of your door, use a brush. 

For larger areas like the door frame, use a roller. Make sure you choose paint that is specifically formulated for metal surfaces; this will prevent chipping and flaking over time.

Paint TypeDescription
Acrylic PaintWater-based paint known for its fast drying time.
Latex PaintWater-based paint that provides good durability.
Oil-Based PaintPaint that uses oil as a base for enhanced durability.
Chalk PaintMatte finish paint known for its vintage, chalky appearance.
Spray PaintPaint that comes in aerosol cans for easy application.
Enamel PaintDurable paint with a glossy finish.
PrimerBase coat that prepares the surface for paint application.
StainTranslucent color used to enhance the natural wood grain.
Epoxy PaintResin-based paint that provides a hard, durable finish.
Metallic PaintPaint that contains metallic flakes for a shiny, reflective effect.
Textured PaintPaint that creates a textured finish for added visual interest.

Apply Two Coats Of Rust-Oleum To The Interior Side Of The Metal Patio Door

After you’ve cleaned the interior side of your patio door, it’s time to apply two coats of Rust-Oleum. 

You’ll want to use either a brush or roller to paint on both coats of this product. If you’re painting a large area, such as an entire exterior wall or ceiling, you can use a paint sprayer instead. 

For small areas that require precise edges like around your window frames or door jambs, we recommend using a paint pad so that no drips or runs occur while attempting to do fine detail work with brushes and rollers.

Installing a patio door on concrete? Our easy-to-follow guide on installing a patio door on concrete provides valuable insights, including the necessary tools, preparation steps, and installation techniques for a sturdy and secure setup.

Paint Outdoor Side Of The Door Using Exterior-Grade Paint

Use an exterior-grade paint.

Apply the paint using a roller or brush, and then smooth it out with a roller. Or use a sprayer for large areas like the front door or window frames if you want to get it done faster—just make sure you have an even coat of paint on all surfaces before spraying over them again so there are no lumps or bumps when they dry!

If you want smaller areas painted quickly, go with the sprayer again (or try your hand at freehand painting). 

Just remember that this method works best when applied in short bursts rather than long strokes you’ll end up with better results if you keep moving while spraying so that each area gets coated evenly and smoothly without leaving any streaks behind after drying off completely between coats (which takes about 24 hours). 

Also remember: metal surfaces should never be painted directly but instead covered first with primer before going over top with whichever color(s) look best together! You’ll find this step essential because otherwise–well…”You’ll see what happens.”

Allow Paint To Dry After Each Coat

Once you’ve applied a coat of paint to your metal patio door, it’s important to allow it to dry before applying another coat. 

How long you should allow for drying depends on the type of paint you’re using and the weather conditions. 

The best way to determine how long it takes for your paint to dry is simply by looking at its instructions on the back label or canister.

If you’re unsure about how long a particular type of paint will take, here are some examples:

Paint TypeDrying Time
Acrylic Paint1-2 hours per coat
Latex Paint1-2 hours per coat
Oil-Based Paint8-24 hours per coat
Chalk Paint30 minutes to 1 hour per coat
Spray Paint1-2 hours per coat
Enamel Paint8-24 hours per coat
Primer1-2 hours per coat
Stain2-4 hours per coat
Epoxy Paint12-24 hours per coat
Metallic Paint1-2 hours per coat
Textured Paint4-6 hours per coat

Remove Masking Tape And Paper

You’ve covered the door in primer, and let it dry. Now it’s time to remove the masking tape and paper. 

First, remove all of the tape carefully so that you don’t rip off any paint or primer from your metal patio door. 

Then clean up any mess with an old rag or paper towel (I’ve found that paper towels are actually better for cleaning up small spills than rags). Once you’re done cleaning up, wipe down your metal patio door to make sure there isn’t any dust left over from removing the tape and paper!

Finally, put your patio door back into its frame–but don’t lock it yet! You’ll need to let it sit overnight before painting again so that everything can dry properly and prevent warping or 

Damage from moisture buildup during repainting processes later on down the road when we’ll be painting our metal doors again after sealing them first with polyurethane sealant as well as adding some decorative glass accents afterwards too 🙂

Has your wrought iron patio furniture developed rust? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with our pro tips on repairing rusted wrought iron patio furniture. Learn how to remove rust, restore the furniture’s appearance, and protect it from future corrosion.

Replace The Door Into Its Frame

Once you’ve finished painting, it’s time to put the door back into its frame. This step is crucial because if your door doesn’t fit correctly, your paint will chip and peel away from water damage.

Make sure that the door is aligned correctly: The top of the frame should be level with the top of your threshold or slightly lower than it. If this isn’t possible, call a professional for help or adjust (or cut down) a new threshold to fit your space perfectly.

Check that it’s level: You can use a level or plumb bob to check if your door is perfectly horizontal before re-attaching it with screws or nails through holes in either side of its track (this may require additional drilling).

Make sure that it opens and closes properly: When you open and close your patio door after installing new hardware, do so slowly at first so as not to cause any damage due to friction between parts moving past each other at high speeds! 

If something feels off here like you’re having trouble getting things lined up properly go ahead and manually adjust anything necessary before moving on!

Check whether locks work: Make sure all locks turn easily when released so as not pose potential problems later on down road due to corrosion caused by moisture build up over time after use as well…

Planning to give your patio a makeover? Our comprehensive guide on redoing a wood patio offers practical advice, design inspiration, and step-by-step instructions to transform your outdoor space into a stunning retreat.


Painting a metal patio door can be a daunting task if you’re unfamiliar with the process. However, it doesn’t have to be! If you follow these steps, you’ll have your door painted in no time at all.

Further Reading

Here are some additional resources that provide more information on painting metal doors:

The Spruce: How to Paint a Metal Front Door: This article offers a step-by-step guide on painting a metal front door, including surface preparation, choosing the right paint, and applying a smooth finish.

Glidden: How to Paint a Metal Exterior Door: Learn how to paint a metal exterior door with this detailed guide from Glidden. It covers important steps such as cleaning the surface, priming, and applying the paint for a professional result.

Bob Vila: How to Paint a Metal Door: Bob Vila’s article provides valuable insights into painting metal doors. It covers the necessary preparations, recommended tools and materials, and helpful tips for achieving a beautiful, long-lasting finish.


Here are some frequently asked questions about painting metal doors:

Q: What are the essential steps for preparing a metal door before painting?

A: Preparing a metal door for painting involves cleaning the surface, removing any rust or peeling paint, sanding it smooth, and applying a primer suitable for metal surfaces.

Q: Can I paint a metal door without removing it from its hinges?

A: Yes, it is possible to paint a metal door without removing it from its hinges. However, it may require careful masking and protection of surrounding areas to avoid paint splatters.

Q: What type of paint should I use for a metal door?

A: It is recommended to use a high-quality, exterior-grade paint formulated for metal surfaces. Look for paint products specifically labeled for use on metal doors.

Q: How many coats of paint are necessary for a metal door?

A: Typically, two coats of paint are sufficient for a metal door. However, you may need additional coats depending on the color, condition of the surface, and desired coverage.

Q: How long does it take for the paint on a metal door to dry completely?

A: Drying times can vary depending on factors such as temperature, humidity, and the type of paint used. It is generally advisable to allow at least 24 hours for the paint to dry before reattaching any hardware or closing the door.