How to spray paint door hinges

Painting the hinges is one of those small jobs that are often ignored. But if you don’t do it, you’ll end up having a door that may start to warp or even worse, you may find yourself stuck on the wrong side of the door.

Don’t worry this guide will help you to achieve the desired results which you want out of your work and without making any mistake on the hinge surface. This step by step guide on how to spray paint door hinges is solely based on my own experience which I have analyzed after completing the whole work.

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This guide is tried and test by my newbie friends and they got pretty good results and they also requested me to post this guide in my blog in order to help more of the beginners’ guys who are hesitant to do the job by themselves as my friends were. So, stick to the post and enjoy the process.

Tools you need to spray paint hinges

  • Screw driver
  • Spray paint
  • Gloves
  • Glasses
  • Face mask
  • Sand paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper
  • Drop clothes
  • Protective gear

Wear protective gear

To wear protective gear before painting, first of all, you should be very sure that you are allergic to the paint. If you are allergic to paint, you will get a rash on your face, shoulders and neck. Most importantly, you will get an allergic reaction, if you inhale paint fumes. So if you are allergic to paint, it is very important that you wear protective gear when you are painting.

Clean the door hinges

There are two major steps to have the door hinges clean before being spray painted. The first step is to clean the hinges with soap and water, use a damp towel to remove the dirt. The second step is to use a lubricant to lubricate the hinges for faster spray-painting process.

Although there are many lubricants you can use, we recommend you to use WD 40. How to clean door hinges with WD 40? Just spray WD 40 to the door hinges and wipe them with a clean towel. Be careful not to spray too much WD 40, otherwise you may exceed the lubricating amount.

Select paint for door hinges

Acrylic paint won’t stick to metal. That’s why you need spray paint and not just any kind of paint will do! Thin coats are going to prevent chips and uneven coats are likely to be a problem for the hinges

Rust-Oleum is my personal favorite choice for paint for painting metal. You can get it in a variety of colors, it adheres well to metal, and the prices are excellent as well. It can be purchased at your local hardware store.

Sand the door hinges

I always sand before I paint, but I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary. I just prefer to because I like the feel of a smooth paint finish. I use a fine, wet/dry sandpaper because it gives me better control over the sanding process. Before you begin sanding, you should cover your floor and cover all of the hinges. That way, you’ll avoid making a mess, and you won’t have to worry about getting paint on your floor. However, I don’t like to cover the hinges because it’s more convenient to sand them when they are out.

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Prime the surface

Door hinges are usually made of iron or steel and primed with zinc. It will be perfect if spray primer can be applied to the hinge because primer is thinner so it can make the spray paint adhere better to the surface of the hinge. The primer also gives a better finish and protect the hinge from rust when exposed to moist air. You can also make use of spray paint with sealer so that your door hinge can last longer.

Shake the can and start spraying

Shake the can for a good minute before you use it to mix the paint. Make sure your ears are up and ready because you’ll be able to hear that ball moving around inside the can while you shake it, like a joyful Christmas present rattling around all sleepless beneath its lid.

Painting hinges can be tricky – it’s important to make sure you coat all the nooks and crannies.  Start with the edges of the door, then move inwards making sure everything is covered. Hold several inches away from your work surface – otherwise you may end up accidentally painting parts of your wall or other furniture! Add a couple of light coats rather than one heavy one as this will help avoid drips and ensure consistent coverage. Patience is key.

Painting hinges can be tricky – it’s important to make sure you coat all the nooks and crannies.  Start with the edges of the door, then move inwards making sure everything is covered. Hold several inches away from your work surface – otherwise you may end up accidentally painting parts of your wall or other furniture! Add a couple of light coats rather than one heavy one as this will help avoid drips and ensure consistent coverage. Patience is key!

FAQ’s

The paint can last for up to a year, provided you do not allow the hinges to get too dirty. If you do not want to go through the trouble of removing the hinges from the door, a second or third coat of spray paint can offer a thicker coat of paint on the hinges. You can apply a second coat by wiping the hinges off with a damp cloth. You can then spray paint the hinges using the same paint color. However, take care to avoid going over the hinges with the paint can.

Yes, it is possible, but you have to follow some rules. First, take your hinges out from the door and then remove the paint from them. It is better to remove screws holding the hinges. If you want to spray paint the frame, then remove it from the hinges. When the paint is dry, spray paint the hinges. Make sure you use primer before applying the paint. It is better to use spray paint from Rust-Oleum or Krylon.

Yes, you can spray paint the door hinges without taking them off, but only if you have spray paint that’s formulated for metal (and not wood or plastic). Spray paints for metal are available in the hardware store and can be sprayed directly on the door hinges. Make sure to protect all surfaces from spraying, just in case you miss.

You can use a spray cleaner that contains phosphoric acid. Spray the hinges and let them rust for a little while. You can use a wire brush to remove the rust. Clean with water and dry with a soft cloth. Keep the hinges oiled and shiny. This can also be used to clean the rust from other parts of the door.

Verdict

You should be proud of the work you’ve done. Don’t let your doors look drab and dreary anymore, go out and show them off, and enjoy your newly-updated hinges. Also, don’t be afraid to make some small changes to your life to make yourself happier, it may be just the small change you need; we wish you the best of luck in making your life what you want it to be. This post has taught you the complete way to spray paint door hinges at home with satisfactory results. If you still find anything hard to understand in this guide then let me know in the comments section. Will meet next time with new solution for my painter fellows till then take care of yourself and equipment.

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