Can you paint a composite door? Our expert explains how to freshen up this door type

Contemporary grey composite door agaisnt white wall with plants in foreground
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Composite doors are typically exterior doors and come in a variety of colours, so don’t need to be painted. But, if you're looking to refresh your doors with a contemporary new hue, it is possible to repaint a composite door.

Painting a composite door is similar to painting wooden doors, but with some subtle differences. For starters it's not a good idea to use wood paint on a composite door. It simply won't work as well.

Here we reveal what you need to know to give your composite door a makeover.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.