How to Paint Your Door Frame and Door Jamb
When you are painting your door, it is essential to distinguish between the door jamb and the door frame, as the jamb refers to only the interior side of the frame as a whole. Besides the jamb, the frame also consists of the head, sill, and doorstop, as well as, weather stripping on exterior doors. Knowing how to paint your door and frame can improve your home’s appearance. This article will walk you through all the stages of painting your door frame and jamb.
High gloss or semi-gloss latex paint is best suited for painting interior doors and trim. The gloss gives the frame a shiny look and is easier to clean up once finally dry. Latex-based exterior paint is best for painting the trim on doors that open towards the outside.
A high-quality paintbrush will ensure better precision. Make sure the brush is not wider than the widest part of the door trim. In order to ensure better control of the paint brush, hold the brush by the metal band and use an angled tip brush for the tight areas.
Prior to painting the door frame and door jambs, allow access to all the frame’s parts by removing the door off its hinges. Begin by loosening the hinge pin by tapping it with a hammer and nail until loose enough to pull out. Next, partially open the door and allow the door to drop off the hinges, and then put it in a secure area. If you cannot remove the door, try covering it with a plastic drop cloth and allow access to as much of the frame as possible.
To protect your workspace from paint, you’ll first need to cover the floor and hinges with a drop cloth. You can cover the wall around the door frame with painter’s tape.
Before you begin painting your door jamb, consider repairing the door jamb’s minor damages first. Once ready its time to clean and sand your door frame and door jambs. Begin with removing dirt by cleaning the door frame and door jambs with grease cutting soap and water, as it will allow the paint to adhere properly. Afterwards, fill small chips and gouges with wood filler or spackling. If needed, you can seal gaps between the frame and wall with caulking. Before proceeding, make sure that both the wood filler and caulk are entirely dry.