Choose a paint that’s specifically made for exterior doors
Make sure you choose a paint that’s custom-made for exterior doors, which means it will be more durable, so that it’ll do the job required to protect your front door from the elements. Interior paints aren’t built to withstand the wear and tear caused by the weather, so make sure you select something that’s outdoor specific.
Select the right paint base
There are lots of different types of timber, so it’s important to choose the right paint base for yours. Some timbers can be susceptible to bleeding for example cedar, it’s important to choose an oil-based exterior paint which will stay put.
Oil-based paints are less susceptible to the tannins from the wood seeping through into the paint, which can leave discoloured patches.
Unpainted timber doors will also need to be primed before they’re painted, so choose an oil-based primer or a paint with a primer built in to keep your door protected.
Choose your finish
Exterior paints range from matte to high-gloss, so you’ll need to decide which suits your home the best.
Most people go for semi-gloss or satin paint on their front doors because it hides imperfections a bit better than a high-gloss sheen, but is more durable than matte finish. Semi-gloss and satin paints also wipe clean easily and provide just enough lustre to make your timber door stand out in all the right ways.