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Can You Paint a Composite Door?

If you are looking for the most attractive type of door, you can’t go wrong with a composite door. Modern, available in a myriad of styles and colours, lightweight and super durable, composite doors can elevate the look of your home. However, it is in human nature to seek change, which is why some homeowners would like to change the colour of their door. Others simply don’t have the budget to replace the old door just because they don’t like the colour anymore. That brings us to a question – can you paint a composite door? If you are curious to find out the answer, let’s dive into what you’re here for.

You Shouldn’t Paint a Composite Door – False Claim

Most composite door manufacturers claim composite doors are not meant to be re-painted. Composite doors never fade or change colour but not everyone has the money to replace doors every time they want to introduce a pop of colour to their home or tone down its outer appearance. If you have just bought a lovely house but you don’t like the colour of the door, you can surely repaint it. The same applies if you got bored of looking at the same door for years, or even a decade. Here’s how you can paint a composite door.

1. Choose a Suitable Paint

The most important thing to consider when painting a composite door is its composition. Composite doors are made of multiple materials, including wood, uPVC, and metal. That means you can’t use regular paint you would usually use when painting wooden doors. If you ask us, we would recommend avoiding latex paints and choosing oil-based enamels. This type of paint provides better coverage.

Note that you should apply two layers of paint if you want to achieve a uniform look. If you still don’t feel confident about which paint you should use, contact the manufacturer of your door and ask whether they recommend any formulations.

2. Prepare the Door

You should prepare the door before applying the paint. Prime metallic surfaces and bare wood areas with oil-based paint to ensure a smooth and impeccable finish. If you notice rough spots or bumps, use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth down these areas. As we already mentioned, apply the paint twice. Allow the first layer to dry well for at least 24 hours, then re-apply.


Yes, you can paint a composite door, and you don’t have to be a professional to complete this task that doesn’t require high investments. Changing the colour of your front door can truly bring out a new dimension to the entire home. However, in case something goes down or if you would still prefer to replace the door instead of applying paint, you can design your door via our website and choose the style and colour that fits your vision. Contact us if you have any questions and one of our representatives will get back to you as soon as possible.

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