​A passion for Red!

​A passion for Red!

Why have an ordinary coloured door when you can have a red one? Whilst the colour red is often associated with danger, on a front door, red is an inviting shade. It attracts the eye and makes visitors inquisitive to see what the house behind the door looks like.


We have decided to make use of a Plascon water based enamel, the Passion Red (101) colour. Other popular colour choices for doors are the traditional white or even more contemporary black.


The Plascon water-based semi-gloss enamel is suitable for both interior and exterior use and is touch dry within 30 minutes of application at 23 degrees. It is an easy to apply paint with low odour and can be applied using both brush or rollers.


What you will need

  • Sponge Roller
  • Paint brush
  • Roller tray
  • 1l Plascon Paint in the colour of your choice
  • 1l Plascon Universal Undercoat
  • Drop sheet
  • Masking tape
  • Sanding Paper
  • Screw driver
  • Cloth & water

Steps to painting a door

  1. Preparation is key –Cover up the ground using a drop sheet, stick it down on the sides to ensure that it does not stick to  the wet paint on the door if there’s a breeze. Remove the door handle or if you are not able to remove it cover it up using masking tape.
  2. Prepare the surface – Make sure that you sand all the rough spots on the door, especially the knots in the wood, remembering to wipe afterwards again to remove the dust. It is important to make use of safety goggles to ensure that you protect your eyes. Dust the door for cobwebs and other dust particles. You might even want to wipe it using a mild soap with water. Allow the door to dry completely before starting to paint.

  1. Priming - Read the instructions on the tin thoroughly. Using the sponge roller, apply the universal undercoat thoroughly making sure that every inch of the wood gets covered (Use a fine brush to get into the slats and corners of the door). Both priming and painting needs to happen in the same direction as the grain of the wood. You always need to paint in a well-ventilated area as the smell of the primer is quite strong.

  1. Painting – Read the instructions on the tin thoroughly. Using a sponge roller or paint brush, apply the first coat of paint.
  2. Inspect your work – After completing the painting take a step back to see whether you covered the whole surface area. You might have to repeat step 4 again once or twice to ensure a perfect finish.

All the paint products used for this make-over are available from your closest TrenDIY store. There are also experts in-store that will be able to assist with any questions you might have. TrenDIY stocks the full range of Plascon products and will be able to assist with colour charts of the paints available.

Tip: Interesting to note that this paint mix looked pink when wet but deepened to a rich red when dry. The Plascon in-store specialist can add a spot to a colour chart for you to make sure that it dries to the correct colour before you take the tin home.