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How To Paint Bifold Doors: Some Helpful Tips

If you’re wondering how to update your bifold closet doors or how to give your al fresco bifolds a whole new lease of life, painting them can be a simple and cost-effective solution. Bifold doors come in various styles, sizes and configurations, and it may take a bit of time and care to get the job done right, but you will be amazed at the transformation you can achieve with a DIY paint job.

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Here we will guide you through how to paint bifold doors, answer some common questions, and offer our expert tips for a professional-looking finish.

Can Bifold Doors be Spray Painted?

Spray painting can be a quick and convenient method for painting bifold doors as it makes it relatively easy to get an even coverage and a smooth finish – especially if your doors feature intricate designs or slats. It’s a good idea to mask off the hinges and brackets to avoid paint getting into the moving mechanisms of the doors, as well as protecting glass panels from the spray to minimise the amount of clean up you will need to do at the end.

If you choose to spray paint, you will need to ensure proper ventilation (preferably painting in an outside area and wearing a mask) and be aware that it can be messy! Make sure to cover the surrounding area with drop cloths or plastic sheets to protect against paint spray.

Our advice for how to paint bifold doors using spray paint is to apply as many layers as you need for a full and even finish, but be sure to allow each layer to dry before applying the next one. This way, you will also be able to see how the colour is developing with each layer. You may want to use spray painting for the base layer(s) and then finish by applying a top layer with a brush.

What Kind of Paint Do You Use on Bifold Doors? Doors Plus - Bifold Doors with Glass in Pantry

Choosing the right paint for your bifold doors will depend on the material and location of your particular bifolds. For wooden bifold doors, an oil-based or latex paint is typically recommended. Oil-based paints provide a durable finish and are ideal for high-traffic areas or exterior doors that are exposed to the elements. Latex paints are easier to clean up and tend to have less of an odour, making them a popular choice for interior bifold doors.

You might also want to consider the benefits of gloss or semi-gloss paint. As well as an aesthetic appeal, these types of paints tend to be more tough and durable once dry, making them a good choice for high traffic areas of the home. Should closet doors be painted semi-gloss? In the end, it’s up to you, but we would recommend semi-gloss in this case because the finish is likely to stay at its best for longer, resisting nicks and scratches.

Before purchasing paint, it’s best to check the manufacturer’s recommendations and consult a specialist to ensure that you’re getting the appropriate paint for your specific needs.

Do You Have To Sand Bifold Doors Before Painting?

When figuring out how to paint bifold doors, preparation is key. For wooden bifolds, it’s important to clean and sand the surface before you start painting as this will be the foundation of a smooth and lasting finish. Sanding helps remove any existing paint or varnish, smoothens rough spots, and encourages better adhesion when you start applying the paint.

Start by removing the doors from their hinges and laying them flat on a stable work surface. Use a medium-grit sandpaper (such as 120-grit) to lightly sand the entire surface, focusing on any imperfections or rough areas. Be sure to sand in the direction of the grain of the wood to avoid creating scratches. After sanding, wipe away any dust using a clean, damp cloth. Once the doors are fully dry, you can start painting.

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Once the paint is fully dry, you can re-hang the doors using this step by step guide. You might also want to find out how to frame a closet for bifold doors to complete your new look.

How Do You Paint Bifold Doors with Slats?

Many people ask, can bifold doors be painted if they have slats? The short answer is yes, but bifolds with slats do require some special attention and techniques as they can be a little more fiddly. The main challenge is to ensure that the paint reaches all the nooks and crannies on and around the slats.

Begin by propping the doors open or separating them slightly to access the slats more easily. Using a small paintbrush, apply an even coat of paint to the slats, starting from the top and working your way down. Pay attention to any drips or excess paint, as they can accumulate in the slats and affect the final appearance. Once the slats are painted, use a roller or brush to apply paint to the remaining flat surfaces of the doors.

Allow the first coat to dry completely, following the paint manufacturer’s instructions, before applying a second coat for a more even and durable finish.

What Colours Are Best for Bifold Doors?Doors Plus - Bifold Doors with Louvers

Now that you know a bit more about how to paint bifold doors, let’s talk colours! There are no hard and fast rules here. The main factor is whether you want your doors to complement or contrast with your home décor.

The most popular colour choices tend to be neutral tones like white, grey or black, for their subtle sophistication and versatility. But there is nothing to stop you choosing a bold accent colour that makes more of a statement or expresses your own personal sense of style.

Do You Need Help Choosing a Bifold Door for Your Home?

If you would like more advice about how to paint bifold doors, or want to explore other options for updating your doors, the team at Doors Plus is always on hand to be your guide. We can also help you to understand how to measure for bifold closet doors and to work out what size bifold door you need so that you can get a better idea of how much it would cost to replace your bifolds.

Visit your nearest showroom to find out more about our bifold door styles and materials, and to get inspired for your home.

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