For Your Home Millwork

Re-Paint My Millwork

Project Scenario

Joe wants to repaint all the doors and jambs in his house. What are his choices?


  • Clean areas to be painted. Rinse and let dry thoroughly.
  • Pet owners be aware that animal hair will require additional cleaning time and airborne contaminants will affect the finish appearance.
  • Sand with 150 grit sandpaper to dull gloss and sheen and remove all dust.
  • Patch with Bondo Spot Putty.
  • Caulk edges for uniform appearance.

Primer Coat

Best: 502001x Unique II Enamel Undercoater
Good: 702901x Synthetic Speed Prime

Top Coat

Best: 533589x Woodmaster Enamel
Better: 5x200xx Unique II Enamel
Good: 7x500xx Porsalite Enamel

Caution! Things to consider

  • Clean working areas to improve the finished work.
  • Proper dry times are critical.
  • Spray application creates the smoothest finish, but creates a larger mess.
  • Brush and roll has a smaller impact on the work area, but the finish is not as blemish free as spray millwork.
  • Use an ammonia based cleaner to remove wax.

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