Painting Bi-fold doors

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Paint Bi-fold doors

Bifold doors have been around for some time now. Over time, the evolvements of bifold doors have gotten better with design and innovation. Basically, bifold doors are the easiest form of doors to access a room or a closet. How do these type of doors work? The bifold doors look big, but the advantage is that they can fold back and open right back when opened and closed.

The appearance of a room can be dominated by bifold doors as they take up a lot of wall space. If you want to achieve a bright room\’s look, choose a fresh coat of bright white paint or a subtle color to help the closet folding doors blending in with the other decorations. You might have to spend more time in doing this project, but the end result will guarantee you a brand new and beautiful bifold doors. In other words, you will be satisfied. Here are the steps on how to do it.

You will need:

  1. Cloth for painting tarp
  2. Water and mild soap
  3. Screwdriver
  4. Semi or high finish gloss paint
  5. 4 inch mini paint roller
  6. Rubber-backed throw rug (optional)
  7. Open doorway with room to paint on the other side
  8. Clean rags
  9. Dust cloths
  10. Sealer or primer (optional)
  11. 2 ½ to 3 inch brush and paint roller tray

Steps:

  1. First, place the tarp in an available doorway. Remove one closet door from track and bring it to the tarp area. Lean the folding door against the doorway and remove the closet knobs using a screwdriver. Clean the door surfaces including the top edge thoroughly with soap and water to remove any smudges or dirt that there are. Wipe it with a clean rag to dry.
  2. Then, fold the door in half and lay the top edge against the door frame. The peg on one side should sink into the carpet and should be no problem with enough balance if the tarp is over carpet. You can use folded up rags under the door to help balance it from sliding if your floor is made from wood or tiles.
  3. Load the roller into a roller tray filled with paint. Roll on in the angled section of the tray to remove the excess paint. Start working from top to down by rolling the paint thinly onto the exposed edges of the doors. Carefully paint the edge and avoid the newly painted edge when stepping over the doors to paint the other side. Leave the paint to dry according to the manufacturer\’s instructions.
  4. Next, open the door into a V-shape. Lean it against a closed room door if possible. Start at the top and work down, painting one panel at a time. Roll the paint in the direction of the wood grain onto the first section. Use a paint brush if the doors have insets or decorative panels, then roll over all the flat areas. Blend in the brush marks if where needed. Wipe any excess paint from the brush, and use it to smooth out any excess paint that may have rolled onto the hinge areas or the door edges. Leave the paint to dry.
  5. Repeat the painting steps if necessary. Reattach the door knobs and hang the newly painted doors on the track.

Additional Reading:
http://www.ehow.com/how_2148462_paint-bifold-doors.html
Image Credit:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jessabc/2393148905/