Borot Jansa  the Handyman

Your home improvement handyman and interior painting professional.

Your home improvement handyman and interior painting professional.

Your home improvement handyman and interior painting professional.Your home improvement handyman and interior painting professional.

Repair Peeling Paint on exterior metal doors

1 -Peeling Paint

3 - Clean entire surface

2 - Scrape and Sand

Peeling paint on exterior metal door

Peeling paint on metal exterior doors occurs if the surface wasn't properly prepared prior to painting.

2 - Scrape and Sand

3 - Clean entire surface

2 - Scrape and Sand

Scrape and sand peeling paint smooth

Scrape off all loose paint.  Then sand with 200 grit sandpaper.  Sand the whole area, even if not peeling.  The idea is to remove all loose paint.  If the remaining paint doesn't sand, chip or peel off, you know it is well adhered to the surface., and you can leave it on.

3 - Clean entire surface

3 - Clean entire surface

3 - Clean entire surface

For proper paint adhesion, it is important to clean the surface with TSP or equivalent solution

This is a very important step for success.  Clean the surface with TSP or TSP equivalent spray.  This will clean the surface and and allow for proper adhesion of the primer you will apply next.

4 - Dry the surface

5 - Prime the surface

3 - Clean entire surface

Dry surface prior to painting

After the cleaning step is finished, dry the surface with a dry clean cloth.  You are now ready to prime.

5 - Prime the surface

5 - Prime the surface

5 - Prime the surface

Use an outdoor primer to ensure good adhesion of finish paint

Use a high quality outdoor primer for this step.  Prime the entire surface and allow to dry, as per product instructions before applying the finish paint.

6 - Paint the surface

5 - Prime the surface

5 - Prime the surface

Exterior door painted with 2 coats of quality exterior paint.

Again use a high quality outdoor paint.  Apply 2 coats as per product instructions.  After a couple of days use a utility knife and razor blade scraper to remove any paint that was on the glass.


You now have a beautiful exterior door, that will last for many years before painting is again required.