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Last updated on May 29th, 2023

Cost to paint a door

A fresh coat of glossy paint looks fantastic on your front door, giving your home real curb appeal. The same goes for indoors, adding a high quality finish to your interior doors and decor. In this guide, we’ll look at the average cost to paint doors in your home, as well as exterior doors.

A fresh coat of glossy paint looks fantastic on your front door, giving your home real curb appeal. The same goes for indoors, adding a high-quality finish to your interior doors and decor.

But paint can also help to protect your doors, particularly external ones. Choose a good quality, specialist paint and your door will be protected from the elements.

In this guide, we’ll look at the average cost to paint doors in your home, as well as exterior doors.

Cost to gloss a door

JobLow costHigh costAverage cost
Cost to paint interior door£50£70£60
Cost to paint exterior door£150£300£225
Paint stripping cost (per door) £15£25£20

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There’s nothing better than a shiny gloss finish to set off your decor or the look of your home’s frontage. Glossing is skilled work that takes experience and time to get right, so it’s always recommended to call in a professional decorator – and to choose high-quality paint.

The cost to gloss a door varies depending on the paint you use and how many coats are needed, but it should come in at around £60 per interior door.

Door paint stripping prices

While you can recoat some painted doors and get a good finish, the paintwork on others can’t be salvaged. This is when you’ll use a paint stripping, or ‘dipping’ service to remove all of that goopy, lumpy old gloss. Door stripping prices range from £15 to £25 per door.

Average cost to paint interior doors

Painting your internal doors is a great way to improve the style and finish of your home, particularly if you’re looking to sell it any time soon. It can cost around £50 to £70 per door for a professional decorator to paint your interior doors.

Cost to paint exterior door

The cost to paint doors on the outside of your home depends on the type and size of the door. Plus, the amount of preparatory work needed. It also depends on how many coats of primer and paint are needed.

So, for a plain door without any need for sanding or knotting, painting work could cost you around £150 per door. But the cost to paint an exterior door with glass panels, where sanding and knotting is needed, is around £250 per door.

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FAQsAverage cost to paint interior doors

How long does it take to paint a door?

Depending on whether it’s an external or interior door, it can take anywhere from 2 hours to one day to paint a door. If many coats are needed, you’ll need to factor in drying time. This could mean the whole project taking a few days. You’ll also need to consider weather-related delays when painting exterior doors.

Can I paint doors myself?

You can certainly attempt to paint doors yourself, but it takes a lot of skill to get a perfectly smooth, glossy finish with no bumps or air bubbles.

To be sure of the best finish, hire a professional decorator – see who your neighbours recommend for the job.

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