Fiberglass entry doors are popular because they offer a unique combination of attractiveness, durability, and energy efficiency. They don’t rust like metal doors, don’t warp or swell like wood, and resist mold growth. However, the harsh New England climate can cause a fiberglass door’s finish to fade and require a new paint job every few years to maintain its aesthetic appeal. If it’s time to repaint your home’s exterior doors, there are several different types of paint that you can use with varying degrees of shine or gloss, depending on your preferences. It’s important to use a paint that will stand up to water and harsh sunlight, as these are two factors that can weaken fiberglass over time.
A popular choice is 100% acrylic paint with a satin or semi-gloss finish. Acrylic paint is water-based and easy to work with, and it offers outstanding durability. It’s also easy to clean off brushes once you’re done.
Stain & Varnish
If the look of real wood is what you’re going for, then this is a good option. Some types of fiberglass doors can be stained with gel stain, then coated with clear varnish. At least three coats of varnish are recommended.
Oil-based alkyd paint also works well on fiberglass doors but will likely fade sooner than acrylic paint. Oil-based paint typically takes longer to dry, which can be inconvenient for an entry door.
If your entry door is worn or has a slick surface, you will want to prime it before painting. After cleaning and sanding the finish, a bonding primer should be applied. Once it has dried, the paint can be applied. Some primers can be tinted to help reduce the number of paint coats needed, though at least two coats are recommended.
Choose the Perfect Fiberglass Doors for Your Home
If you’re interested in upgrading your home’s entry with beautiful and long-lasting fiberglass doors, look to NEWPRO. We’ve been serving New England homeowners since 1945 and offer high-performance fiberglass entry doors that provide unmatched protection against the elements. Contact us today for more information.