How to paint a panel door: Pro tips for the perfect finish

Close up of paintbrush painting bare wood panel door
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Learning how to paint a panel door isn’t a difficult DIY exercise, but it's one that you need to do in the right order with the right tools and paint to make sure that you get the best finish. The order is not set in stone but choose a different order and you could struggle to get the best finish — and it will most likely take longer as well.

Painting wood doors with panels is a similar process whatever the size of the panels and whether they have mouldings or not. If you have a door with glass panels, you obviously need to omit these in the painting process, but the order is still the same.  

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.