How To Paint Door And Window Screens

Posted on: 11 February 2015

Doors and windows are often an attractive focal point on the front of a home. Many homeowners decide to custom decorate or paint the screens on their doors and windows in order to add a little something extra to the exterior of their homes. After all, while you may choose to keep your door open during the warmer months to allow fresh air inside your home, you nonetheless want the entrance to have an attractive, custom look. Painting your home's screens is a great way to really express your creative side. Painting screens isn't all that difficult. The following will help you through the screen painting process.

What You Will Need

  • Paint

  • Screen

  • Brushes

  • Wire Brush

  • Polyurethane

  • Painters Tape

  • Stencil (if creating designs)

  • Toothpick

Step 1. Thoroughly clean the screen you're working on. You will need to use a wire brush if you find rust on your screen. Allow the screen to fully dry before you begin painting.

Step 2. Make sure to test out the colors (as well as your skill) before you begin. One way to do this is to set up a used small screen and paint it. Make sure the screen you use is made from the identical material as your door or window screen. Also, if you intend to use a stencil design on your screen door, test out the design by painting it on the old screen first.

Step 3. Remove the screen from the door or window. Put the screen on a surface by itself where it can remain for several days to allow each paint coat to dry. Make sure to use a surface that is dark so that you will be able to see through the screen's holes. If your surface is not sufficiently dark, try using a black cloth.

Step 4. Use painters tape to tape around the frame's edges. If you find that you have missed some small areas due to the painter's tape, it's a much simpler process to touch up the areas with a brush than to remove paint from your frame.

Step 5. Use your brush to lightly apply the paint for each coat. You want to avoid clogging the holes. Make sure to use a minimum of two paint coats, even when you intend to apply a design on the screen afterward. If you find that the painting is becoming clogged inside the holes, use a toothpick to poke through the paint once it has dried.

Step 6. Once your second coat of paint has fully dried, outline the design you've chosen using the painters tape. When using a stencil, roll the painter's tape underneath the design's pattern.

Step 7. Paint across your stencil to apply the design. Then allow this to fully dry.

Step 8. Either lightly paint or spray a couple of coats of the polyurethane over your entire screen once you've finished. This will help to protect your screen.

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