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Old 02-24-2018, 06:37 PM   #1
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Painting French Door Grilles ?


Most of the time the plastic grilles are ok to leave as is.

These are quite yellow. How best to paint them ? Have never done them.

Taking the screws out, release the grille, what happens to the window...not good or what ?

Any practical way of painting these ?
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:28 PM   #2
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Liquid masking tape works great

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Take a few wood shims and stick between the glass and plastic (don't over shim, just enough to make a space), makes it way easier to paint. We always paint them : scuff with 180 grit, wipe 'em down, 2 coats of paint. That has yellowed so much I would hit it with a coat of cover stain first.
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The door insert should stay in if you remove the interior grille. The exterior side has a factory sealant that usually takes a putty knife and some persuasion to remove. I recently replaced some door lite inserts due to the yellowed frames and one had moisture inside.
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If you were doing multiple window/doors, masking liquid works and can even act as a spot primer...

But in this case, since it's one door, leave the grill in place, tape outside of grill (2 minutes), brush or spray grill with prime/paint after quick sand.. after top coat, wait 30 minutes till it's dry to touch, run a blade around the inside of the edge of each pane... peel it off with a scraper using a clean blade (go L/R on bottom and top and Up/Down on left and right in one stroke)... gently scrape/clean up any leftovers to leave a clean edge and use a duster brush to get rid of any leftover particles...

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Envelope please.........
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A professional painter shouldn't have any issue just painting them with a brush. They are not supposed to be left unfinished, since they have yellowed they now need to be sealed.
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Just time and paint. Should take 30 minutes each. Don't take the grill off. I've done some where they don't come apart and some where as soon as I took the screws out, they just fall out. Some just have a hard rubber gasket that isn't attached.

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I heard of painters who spray the door heavy with no masking. When dry, a razor knife cuts around each "pane" and the paint is peeled out.

Anybody done that?


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I think I'm going to just do the conventional paint with a 1" angle brush. I was concerned about the paint over the back of the grid, but it'll be ok. I'm still pretty good with mullions.

1 coat Cover Stain, 2 coats SW PC white.

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Get some plugs for the screw holes.
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I heard of painters who spray the door heavy with no masking. When dry, a razor knife cuts around each "pane" and the paint is peeled out.

Anybody done that?


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So how'd it go/come out?
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So how'd it go/come out?
Gotta clean up the glass tomorrow. So far looks pretty good.
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The last grill I did I could easily sip light card behind and tape to the glass. I pulled the cards out as soon as it was dry to the touch but still soft. I do think much depends on how pliable the grills are. Mine pulled away from the glass fairly easy.

The picture you posted looks much like the one I did.
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Here you go.

Just cut in with a 1" angle brush. A bit of razor blade scraping

Clean up with Windex. Still have to touch up a bit tomorrow.
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Here you go.

Just cut in with a 1" angle brush. A bit of razor blade scraping

Clean up with Windex. Still have to touch up a bit tomorrow.
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