go for it, it will look so cool!
My in-laws did this and I give you a caveat, especially in the South! If you have a glass door that is in front of the main door, then it creates a greenhouse-like environment that is VERY hot. Their paint bubbles up every year and has to be scraped off and repainted. This is exacerbated by the black paint, which gets even hotter. Just a heads-up on what they experienced! (Not sure if the same would happen if there isn't a storm door in front of the wood door.)
I am constantly trying to figure out what door or room or trim in my house to paint a glossy black - I'm leaning towards our front door!
I did mine in semi-gloss black latex and it's pretty shiny.
Sherwin Williams sells an outdoor door paint (not sure what its called, but just explain what your doing) and they can make it any color you'd like. We painted both our doors two years ago a bright red and they still look fabulous!!
you should try this new product from Safecoat that I blogged recently - it's supposed to be clean up as easily as water-based with the finish of oil - http://efedesigns.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/safe-oil-based-paint/
Gorgeous!!! I would say definitely oil if you're doing a door, and if it's black in my opinion. (Oil I think would be more durable)
We have glossy black interior doors in our house, and I loooooove them!! Pretty sure it's oil-based paint ...
Oil-based - and I recommend Fine Paints of Europe the color is so much richer!!
i would use an exterior latex paint with zinnser primer. it should last a LONG time and be easy to clean (brushes and such).
Oil based. We don't have the same temperatures here in the UK but I feel that in all cases where I've used oil based paint on the exterior of our house, it has lasted considerably longerZoeB
Oil based...just know that if you ever re-paint, you need to stick with oil from here on out. I love black doors and trim, and if you have raised panels, trimming the sides of the panel in white or another color gives a superb graphic/tailored look. There was a house in our neighborhood that had this treatment, and everyone knew the house! (I'd do mine, but I just spent 4 months stripping it back to the original oak and it is too pretty to paint over).
I live in Houston, and when we were having our 1919 bungalow stripped and painted, the painters highly recommended using an exterior latex grade paint vs. oil, as they said that oil mildews easily in the south and if any moisture is trapped under it during the painting process (including humidity) that it blisters easier. I think that exterior latexes have come a long way and are maybe a better choice now. We used Pratt and Lambert's Accolade line. Hope this is helpful.
i painted a piece of furniture with high gloss oil based farrow and ball and it gave a beautiful shine. but it was expensive as balls and messy as hell.for your money use latex and give it several coats of poly. or lacquer.
I want you to know I just stumbled across your blog (found it bc of that amazing pic of the black wingchair with *swoon* nailhead trim...and I've been on it for the past 2 hours!!! (and I have a job!!) I just painted my interior front door black (and blogged about it). I used Behr's paint + primer in one in a semi-gloss latex. It went on great, and has cured beautifully. But when looking back at the pics, I love it best when it's still wet...bc of the high gloss shine. Maybe a poly is the way to go now...which would probably be good for a door with so much 'hand traffic.' Good luck with your door...and I'm so thrilled to have found your blog!!
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