Fix Peeling Paint on a Fiberglass Door
LESLIE: Now we’re going to talk to Michelle in Utah about brightening up a door. What can we do for you?
MICHELLE: I have an exterior door that I just had installed and it wasn’t painted. It’s a fiberglass door with some glass inside of it and around the glass there is a vinyl or plastic sort of material that’s holding the glass in there. And I had to paint the door and I got some acrylic paint from a paint store.
TOM: Mm-hmm, and it peeled right off, right?
MICHELLE: And yeah, it’s peeling off. The fiberglass part it’s staying on just fine. But I’ve tried twice. I …
TOM: Well, when you painted it, have you used a primer or are you just putting the topcoat of paint right over it?
MICHELLE: I’m putting the top coat right over it.
TOM: OK, here’s what I would do. I would try to get all the old paint off; I would clean it really well with mineral spirits or acetone or whatever type of product you’re using. And then I would get a small pint can of oil-based primer and I would prime it first. Primers have more adhesive qualities than the topcoat and they’re designed to stick. I would prime it with an oil-based primer; nice, dry day; let it dry really, really well and then you could put whatever topcoat over that. And I think you’ll have better adhesion luck with that.