The Best Paints For Transforming Your Front Door

Revamp your home's first impression with our handpicked selection of front door paints.
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Your front door is the “face” of your home and after many years, it can start to begin looking tired and compromise your home’s kerb appeal. However, by using high-quality front door paint, you can give it a new lease of life and help protect it for many more years.

Before attempting to paint your front door, we highly recommend that you use a paint stripper beforehand to remove any old paint. This is the preferred method because it avoids the time-consuming task of sanding it down. Once the door has been prepared, it’ll give you the best possible chance of achieving a high-quality look and finish with the paint you choose.

To assist you in selecting a paint for your front door, our handpicked selection lists top-performing paints, chosen based on our first-hand experience painting multiple front doors. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Best Overall: Dulux Weather Shield
Ronseal Weatherproof Paint For Front Door
Best Colour Selection: Ronseal Weatherproof Paint
Rustins Small Job Front Door Paint
Best All-Rounder: Rustins Small Job Front Door Paint
Sandtex Gloss Paint For Front Door
Best High Gloss: Sandtex 10 Year Gloss
Rust-Oleum Universal Paint
Best For UPVC: Rust-Oleum Universal Paint
Fascinating Finishes Anthracite Grey Front Door Paint
Best Value: Fascinating Finishes Anthracite Grey Front Door Paint

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Front Door Paints

Replacing your front door can be very expensive but painting the door instead of replacing it altogether can often save you a small fortune. As we own several properties, we’ve had the chance to test out a range of different paints on front doors over the years.

As shown below, we recently transformed a tired-looking black front door with a more modern and aesthetically pleasing deep teal finish. Apart from spending around an hour sanding and masking up the door to avoid any paint spilling over, the actual painting of the front door didn’t take too long at all.

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To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest front door paints (for this article), we have been testing out the latest range of paints available. As shown in the pictures below, we recently transformed a neglected exterior front door with sanding and two coats of the Dulux Weathershield (which we rated as one of the best front door paints).

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Edward Bailey/DIY Works

As well as our experience of testing out a variety of paints for front doors, we also based our recommendations above on hours of research and a number of factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the coverage, colours available, durability, ease of application, drying time, finish and value for money.

The Best Front Door Paints

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1. Best Overall: Dulux Weather Shield

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The Dulux Weather Shield is a highly rated exterior wood paint that’s ideal for painting front doors. It’s available in 8 attractive front door colours and it provides up to 10 years of guaranteed protection.

For the best results whilst applying this paint onto your front door, it’s recommended that you apply 1 or 2 coats with a brush. However, if you opt for a darker colour, Dulux advises applying another coat.

Pros
  • Choice of 8 colours
  • 10 years of guaranteed protection
  • Available in a satin or gloss finish
  • Fast drying and touch dry in 2 hours
  • Up to 18 m2 coverage per litre
Cons
  • From our testing, we found that it required two coats for the best finish

Although this paint is suitable for a range of exterior surfaces, it’s perfect for painting front doors. It’s very hard wearing, fast drying and provides excellent coverage per litre, which makes also makes it great value for the money.

2. Best Colour Selection: Ronseal Weatherproof Paint

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Ronseal is the main competitor of Dulux and they produce a variety of paints for each and every scenario. This weatherproof paint is a great example and it’s a hard wearing formula that also comes with a 10 year guarantee.

In terms of the application of this paint, it can be applied to a bare or previously painted front door and it’s completely weatherproof in just 1 hour. For the best results, the brand recommends that you apply two to three coats.

Pros
  • Simple brush-on application
  • Durable water resistant finish
  • Rainproof in just 1 hour
  • Guaranteed to last 10 years
  • Available in 17 different colours
Cons
  • From our testing upon a wooden front door, we found that it required 3 coats for the perfect finish
  • Slightly lower coverage per litre when compared to the alternatives (12 m2)

To conclude, the Ronseal Weatherproof Wood Paint is an excellent all-round paint for front doors and it won’t disappoint. Although it’s slightly more expensive than the Dulux alternative above, Ronseal offers a larger selection of colours to best suit your requirements.

3. Best All-Rounder: Rustins Small Job Front Door Paint

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Another popular paint for front doors is the Rustins Small Job formula and it comes in a small 250 ml tin. Unlike many of the alternatives, this paint is available in many unique colours such as the popular poppy red to candy pink.

Pros
  • Choice of 10 popular colours
  • 13 m2 coverage per litre
  • Water based formula that’s fast drying
  • Suitable for interior or exterior use
  • Low odour output
Cons
  • Only available in 250 ml tins

According to the brand, the 250 ml tin is more than enough for applying two coats to your front door but it’s advised to buy a second tin for peace of mind. To conclude, the Small Job paint by Rustins is an easy to apply paint that’s relatively cheap and perfect for a wide variety of front doors.

4. Best High Gloss: Sandtex 10 Year Gloss

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Another paint that offers 10 years of guaranteed protection is by the reputable Sandtex brand. It’s a high quality paint that’s suitable for most exterior surfaces and is available in many popular front door paint colours.

Pros
  • Choice of 8 colours
  • Desirable high gloss finish
  • 15 m2 coverage per litre
  • Flexible formulation that resists cracking
  • Tough, waterproof and long lasting finish
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to the alternatives

If you require an ultra-glossy finish that provides a mirror shine upon your front door, the Sandtex Exterior Gloss is the best option. It isn’t the cheapest but as with the Dulux and Ronseal alternatives, it provides up to 10 years of protection.

5. Best For UPVC: Rust-Oleum Universal Paint

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The Rust-Oleum Universal Paint is one of our favourite paints because it’s suitable for pretty much any household surface. In terms of using it as paint for front door use, it ticks all the boxes and it’s available in 14 colours.

Pros
  • Paint and primer in one
  • Choice of 14 colours
  • Indoor or outdoor use
  • Touch dry in 2 hours
  • Ideal for painting UPVC front doors
Cons
  • Poor coverage of just 9 m2 per litre
  • Requires two coats for the best results

For tackling any type of front door, the Rust-Oleum All-Surface paint is more than capable. Whether the front door is wooden or made from UPVC, this paint has the qualities to provide it with a new lease of life. The only main drawback is that it won’t be as hard wearing when compared to some of the alternatives that offer a 10 year guarantee.

6. Best Value: Fascinating Finishes Anthracite Grey Front Door Paint

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The Fascinating Finishes brand is relatively new within the paint industry but they produce a wide range of paints. This front door paint in particular is available in a range of colours but the anthracite grey is by far their most popular.

In terms of value for money, this paint is one of the cheapest on the market and it comes in a 500 ml tin that provides up to 14 m2 coverage per litre.

Pros
  • Choice of 5 different colours
  • Fast drying formulation
  • Showerproof in 2 hours
  • Self-priming and no mixing required
  • Covers 12 to 14 m2 per litre
  • Protects for up to 5 years
Cons
  • Only available in 500 ml tins

To conclude, the Fascinating Finishes Front Door Paint offers excellent value for the money and it won’t disappoint. It’s also the only front door paint that’s available in the desirable anthracite grey too.

Conclusion

Your front door is often the first thing most people will recognise about your house. Therefore, it’s worthwhile spending your time freshening it up with high quality front door paint. They are available in a range of different colours and the majority can simply be brushed onto the door. If possible, it’s highly recommended that you strip any old paint from the door and fill in any imperfections for the best possible finish.

If you require further information regarding any of our front door paint recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to help out where possible.

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