I have painted a LOT of doors for my parents.  I have only painted my front door at my house.  My father is handicapped and so I help out over there when I can.  Here I am showing how I paint an interior door.  I have learned from trial and error and bring to you the best way I have found.

The #1 most important thing is to use a FOAM ROLLER. It is much smaller than one you would use for painting the wall.  It is made of foam and has no texture.  It also has a rounded end.  (It will only last you for about 3 doors before the round end gets ripped apart and you will need a new roller.  But they are cheap and come in sets of two so it shouldn’t be a big deal.)
TIP: Paint in the direction the “grain” is going.  You will be painting in all different directions on this door, but that is what is going to make it look good instead of DIY.
You can get everything you need for painting (but the paint) HERE.

Step 1:

Roll the outside edge of the panel like shown.  (Do the entire panel.)  I normally ‘bounce’ around in the corner a couple times.  Meaning that I just roll back and forth a few short times to make sure I got the entire surface.
 It will look like this when you are done with Step 1:

(NOTE:  If it is very hot you will need to work fast so you do not have the paint {shown above} dry on the flat surface with that raised paint edge.  If it IS hot, I would recommend rolling {with no extra paint – you are smoothing, not painting} all around the panel just to flatten that edge.)

Step 2:
Paint the entire inside edge of the panel:
 Step 3:
Paint the flat surface of the panel:
Step 4 {Optional step 1.5}:
Here you are NOT painting.  You are rolling the edges so they are flat.  (See how I do not have paint on my roller.)  You will have excess paint and you don’t want to leave a line of built up paint around each panel.  You can either do this now (if it is not too hot) or you could do it right after Step 1 (if it is hot).
(Now you need to do all of the other panels on the door one by one.)


Step 5: 
Paint the flat surfaces.
This is how I have found works best for me:
Paint the flat parts from side to side first.  So I would do the top of the door, the two short sections across the door and then the bottom of the door.  Then I would paint from the top of the door down to the bottom doing the middle section first.  Then I would do both sides.
I do that for this reason: The sections that go across the door are shorter than the roller brush.  So the paint gets onto other sections and will need to be smoothed so it doesn’t leave a raised edge mark.  That way I can come back to the long sections so that is smoothed out and I have control to stop painting at the cross sections so it doesn’t happen again in the other direction.  {I sure hope that makes sense.  I think you will get it once you try it.}
 Step 6:
Paint the edges.  I also did the top and bottom edges.


 That’s it!!  Your door is done and looks great!!
{This door was done in Sherwin Williams Super Paint, Gloss, color: Bright White}

Your door will need two coats on each side to get the professional results.  If you do a second coat right away it is going to be more tacky than the first.  You will be able to do one side twice quickly, but you should not flip it over to do the other side until the next day so it has time enough to dry so you don’t have sawhorse marks in your paint.  (I learned that the hard way too.)

I hope that this helped you and isn’t too confusing!  Good luck painting your doors!!
(P.S.  This is a closet door which is why it doesn’t have a hole on one side.)

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