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If you’ve ever had to paint an interior door (or wondered how), I’ve figured out a little way to paint a door without taking it off the hinges. This one little trick saves me SO much time and the hassle of trying to re-hang old, settled doors!
How to Paint a Door Without Taking It Off the Hinges: Why Not Remove?
Before you suggest “why don’t you just take the door off the hinges?”, the answer is simple: it’s more time-consuming, and you can’t guarantee that the door will still hang the same when you try to put it back up again. I’d like to avoid that headache if possible! :)
Step one: cover with tape
First, take a strip of painter’s tape and cover the hinge you are trying to protect.
Step two: find your line
Next, smooth your finger along the edge of the hinge. In most cases, the hinge will not be exactly flush with the door itself, so you will likely have a recessed edge.
Step three: cut the outline
Take an exacto knife and run it along the edge you created in the tape.
Paint a Door Without Taking It Off The Hinges – Remove remaining tape
Remove the remaining outer portion of the tape that is now separated from the piece that is still covering the metal hinge.
Step four: paint!
Now, it’s much easier to paint over without needing extra cleanup! Paint over the area, and you won’t have to worry as much about getting paint on the hinges. Simply remove the taped part when you’re done (ideally when the paint is still wet so that the line comes off clean… if you wait until it’s dry, it might take off some paint from the door).
More interior door painting tips:
- You can do the same tape treatment with other spots on the door, such as the inset for the door lock.
- Don’t forget, sand down your doors where possible to help the paint adhere to the surface faster.
- Right now, I’m using a base coat of BEHR Ultra Premium prime+paint (only on the first coat – the color tends to yellow so I like the non-primer for the top coat) to make the job go even faster, but the process is still several coats away from the finished product.