The 8 Best Paints for Interior Doors to Buy in 2017

Keep your entryways looking fresh and stylish

Diamond Brite
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Painting the doors in your home can be a little bit trickier than the walls. While both may look the same, doors are made from many types of wood and need to stand up to extra use. Those with intricate paneling also offer an extra challenge when painting. Because of all this, you’ll want to be sure to get the right type of paint to use when you are covering your doors. The right paints will not only look good, but will also protect the wood and finish for a long time.

Paints you can use on your...MORE doors come in many different varieties. The biggest difference is water versus oil-based paints. Water tends to dry quicker, while oil will often produce a more durable, long-lasting finish. These paints will also have different levels of gloss or shine, from a flat matte finish all the way to a high gloss. The best way to choose which paint to use is to think about what type of look you're going for. Consider the color, finish and overall durability you want to make the final decision.

To help you make this choice, here are the best interior door paints you can use for your next project at home.

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    Since many types of common interior paints can be used on doors, the best choice needs to be one that will offer additional protection compared to ones used on drywall. Doors face more abuse because we are always opening and closing them. The paint has to protect against dirt and human oils, as well as the force from opening and closing that can crack dry paint. The Diamond Brite Paint 31000 is specifically designed to protect surfaces with high traffic and use. It's so effective, it is a...MORE common choice for other harsh environments like industrial and commercial spaces with a lot of machinery.

    As an oil-based paint, it dries to a solid, semi gloss finish more quickly than other oil-based options. This one has a six to eight hour drying time. The finish will provide adequate protection against common types of scuffs, cracks, and peeling/fading. It is also easy to apply with a brush, roller, or spray. This means you can choose between different tools to get into the nooks and crannies of doors with intricate paneling.

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    Some people just absolutely love the reflective quality of a high-gloss paint. If you're looking for this option for your doors, the Diamond Brite Paint 80000 is an excellent top dog alternative. The finish will appear a lot shinier than other alternatives, meaning it can highlight both perfections and flaws of the door underneath. Choose this one only if you're capable enough to carefully prepare and sand the door before applying the paint.

    For protection, this option is meant to resist...MORE both natural contaminants like human oils as well as general washing and cleaning. This makes it a good option for households with children and pets since you can reliably clean undesired marks off of the door without damaging the paint. It is also moisture resistant for more humid environments. Use either a brush or roller when using this paint.

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    Since gallons of paint can quickly add up in cost, it can be smart to go with the budget option when you don't have use for a lot of paint. For single door projects, for example, the Glidden Premium HDGWN52D offers a lot of the same protection as more expensive options in a single gallon can that will cover 300 to 400 square feet. It dries to a smooth, low shine finish without a lot of hassle when painting.

    The paint creates a mildew resistant coating for troublesome areas near water such as...MORE kitchens, mudrooms, and bathrooms. The finish is scrubbable and washable while both wet or dry so you can easily clean off marks with a little bit of soap and water. With a single gallon, you can apply the paint to several doors without to head back to the hardware store for more.

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    A good weather resistant paint has its obvious uses for exterior surfaces, but it can also be equally effective inside. This is especially true in rooms that experience a lot of wear and tear like kitchens and bathrooms. Rust-Oleum’s 7798502 is rust- and corrosion- resistant for surfaces ranging from wood, concrete, metal, and masonry. The semi gloss finish also provides the type of subtle shine many people look for when they don't want to go overboard with the reflective surfaces.

    Drying in...MORE just two to four hours, this paint is an excellent choice for more hostile environments in the house. The oil-based finish provides excellent resistance against physical damage like abrasion and chipping, as well as more corrosive damage from rust and fading.

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    For the best type of reflection on your doors, you have to go with a high-gloss paint. Nothing else short of using metal or glass on the door will give you that high degree of shine that is commonplace in many interior design styles. Higher gloss paint can also bring out the natural beauty of certain types of door materials. The Valspar 65001 is one of the best high gloss finishes because of the high amount of protection it provides and its easy application.

    One of the downsides of many...MORE oil-based, high-gloss paints is toxicity. When painting, these types of paint require extra protection like masks and ventilation to keep people safe. The 65001, however, dries in just one hour, limiting the amount of time you'll spend exposed to potentially harmful contaminants. Once dry, it is completely non-toxic and scratch resistant.

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    Most people are fairly conservative with the type of look they want with their doors. Whether it is a simple egg white color or semi gloss finish, most doors simply blend into the background. For people wanting a little pop, however, the best choice is an accent color paint. The Rust-Oleum Metallic Accents paint not only comes in a variety of unique, noticeable colors, it's also one of the only options with a metallic finish.

    Common with automotive finishes, metallic paints provide an extra...MORE type of shine that mimics metal surfaces. When applied to a door, the wood or metal underneath pops out for an almost 3-D like effect. As a water-based paint, this is also easy to use and clean up if things get messy. One pass with the brush or roller is usually enough to provide adequate coverage.

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    Sometimes, all you need is a little bit of touchup to make a door look new again. If the door is old or has seen a lot of abuse, it will no doubt have certain areas on its surface that are more scratched or faded than others. Instead of spending a lot on a quart or gallon of paint, touchup paint is all you need. The Soto Touch Up paint is one of the best touch up options for the most common colors and finishes on walls and doors. Because you can use this on virtually any surface in your home,...MORE one bottle is typically enough to use on several doors and walls at the same time. Coming in nine shades of white, it is also versatile enough to match over 90% of the most common paint shades.

    Using this touchup paint is fairly straightforward. A mess free brush tip is included to give you extra precision wall painting. The paint is non-toxic and ultra-low odor so you don't have to wear heavy masks or open up your entire house to remain safe. Beyond home surfaces, you can also safely use this paint on things like windows, ceiling panels, and furniture.

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    For the best results while painting a door, you need to think about the different layers you apply to its surface. Many times, the primary color or finish is just one step. For doors that have older paint layers, you will need a good primer to help the paint stick to the old layers. The KILZ 2 Multi-Surface acts as a glue between old and new paints while also offering excellent protection against mild to medium stains that may seep through while the primer is wet.

    To properly use a paint like...MORE this, you have to prepare the door ahead of time. While it is easy to paint using a brush, roller, or spray, you will want to make sure the surface underneath is free from debris like dust. The paint dries quickly in under 30 minutes, so you'll be able to start on the primary coats almost immediately. 

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    Most people are fairly conservative with the type of look they want with their doors. Whether it is a simple egg white color or semi gloss finish, most doors simply blend into the background. For people wanting a little pop, however, the best choice is an accent color paint. The Rust-Oleum Metallic Accents paint not only comes in a variety of unique, noticeable colors, it's also one of the only options with a metallic finish.

    Common with automotive finishes, metallic paints provide an extra...MORE type of shine that mimics metal surfaces. When applied to a door, the wood or metal underneath pops out for an almost 3-D like effect. As a water-based paint, this is also easy to use and clean up if things get messy. One pass with the brush or roller is usually enough to provide adequate coverage.

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