There are many differences in opinion as to whether or not homeowners can paint their composite door. With many differing blog posts and forum entries on the matter we want to clear up all this conflicting information. If you’re just looking to retouch your composite door rather than repaint it we recommend a touch up pen.
It can also be good to understand how composite doors are made. This will hopefully lead you to understand exactly how your front door was manufactured and if in fact it is a wise idea repainting it.
Can You Paint a Composite Door?
Front doors in properties throughout the UK today fall under one of three primary types. Timber, uPVC and Composite.
Timber doors have their colours painted on. Composite doors, on the other hand, are manufactured in such a way that the colour runs right through the door’s glass-reinforced plastic skin. It is incorporated into the skin during the manufacturing process. Thus, the colour will not crack or chip, discolour or fade.
Composite doors are now considered the most popular choice of front door in the UK. They are ingeniously designed combining the strengths and circumvent the flaws common to doors made of timber or uPVC. They feature the elegance and beautiful grain of timber doors and the strength and durability of uPVC doors. They are well-built, durable, and highly resistant to damage, warping, and dents.
This means a composite door comes with a finished colour that is meant to last. Because of this, it may be difficult to repaint a composite door as a do-it-yourself project.
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So Should You Paint Your Composite Door?
The simple answer is no. The way composite doors are designed and manufacturers makes painting them a complicated process. If you want to change the colour of your composite door, you should consult a professional. This is the only way to make sure that the repainting can be executed properly however even then, sometimes it is advisable simply to replace your composite door if you really aren’t happy with the colour used.
Painting Other Types of Front Door
- Timber Doors – timber doors have been around for a long time. They come in a wide variety of designs and styles and have a natural texture that looks classic and elegant.
Timber doors can be stained or painted. The process includes the following steps: getting rid of any loose peeling; use of sandpaper to rub down the wood; use a wood primer (oil-based) to coat the bare wood; give the wood a couple of undercoats using high-quality exterior paint; and give the wood two coats of high-quality exterior gloss.
Timber doors are weak and defenseless against the elements meaning the paint can warp from constant exposure to sunlight and rain.
Timber doors require regular treatment and maintenance if they are to retain their classic beauty and appeal so repainting them is something that owners will likely have to do at one time or another.
- uPVC Doors – uPVC doors are more contemporary. They are popular for several reasons, most of all because they are cheaper than timber doors. They are more resistant to weathering and also provide better insulation and stability.
uPVC doors are easier to maintain as they do not need to be stained or painted. Compared to wood, however, uPVC doors do not look as classy because of their “plastic” appearance. With their thick frame, they tend to sport a rather “narrow” facade.
How are Composite Doors Made?
Composite doors use a combination of materials which include wood, PVC, glass-reinforced plastic and insulating foam. A typical high-quality composite door has a sub-frame made from timber hardwood. It can be designed to look like a period piece or a more contemporary painted wooden door. It can look classic with a muted wood grain look or ultra modern with a striking finish of bold colour, obviously the finish your composite door has will depend large on your own personal tastes so you will know the style of your front door even better than us.
The wooden sub-frame has an uPVC steel-reinforced frame. It also has a remarkably strong solid core made from polyurethane or some other similar high-density insulating foam. It is this core which gives the composite door its strength and durability. It enables the door to withstand the effects of seasonal changes and gives it superior insulation against noise and heat loss.
A high-quality composite door also features a glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) skin on both sides. GRP is acknowledged for being resistant to discoloration or fading even when exposed to direct sunlight. The GRP skin enables the door to resist age and weathering but can also be problematic if you want to paint your composite door.
Choosing the Colour of Your Composite Door
When you purchase a new composite door, you can choose from among several beautiful shades. Professionally coloured composite doors are available in Crème, Dark Brown, White, Black, Dark Wood, Oak, Blue, Duck Egg Blue, Green, Chartwell Green, Grey, Poppy Red, or Red to match or blend with any interior finishing or exterior walls.
A supply only composite door has a coloured glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) skin. GRP is distinguished for its ability to resist losing its colour. The colour does not simply coat the surface of the skin, it runs through it. It is an integral part of the skin. Because of this, the colour is not likely to lighten or fade or wear away the way the colour on other painted doors does. The colour of a composite door is intended to endure and last.
You do not have to repaint or varnish a composite door to keep it looking great. There is no need for it. All you need to do is to give your door a quick gentle rub with a sponge to keep it looking clean and gorgeous.