How to Spray Paint Doors: the best ways to handle an Airless Sprayer

Welcome my fellow renovation enthusiasts. Spray painting isn’t a hard job, the difficult part is to make sure your work has the fine finish touch that every enthusiast aim to achieve. How to Spray Paint Doors: the best ways to handle an Airless Sprayer

Nobody likes a bubbled up and uneven surfaced door, especially us enthusiasts. The sight of them severely grinds our gears to the point of self-destruction.

That’s why I am writing this article to show some tips and tricks on how to professionally spray paint your doors with an airless sprayer. 

Without further ado, let’s begin. 

How to spray paint doors using an Airless Sprayer

What is an airless paint sprayer

An airless paint sprayer pump paint through the hose and allows the painter to spray paint an object with ease. However, unlike conventional paint sprayer, airless sprayers use hydraulic pressure rather than air pressure to atomize the air. It is because of this difference that an airless sprayer has many advantages. 

I know this article is about how to spray paint using an airless sprayer, but it is also important to understand your equipment. Hence I will just briefly mention them here.

Reduce paint waste

The hydraulic system of an airless sprayer pushes the paint out of the hose without the use of atomizing air. That’s why paint is less likely to be impacted by airflow, spraying more than it should and a droplet of paint landing elsewhere rather than the object 

High accuracy

The tip of an airless sprayer can break down the spraying paint into a fan shape. The fan shape is very efficient in ensuring the object can be spray painted evenly as long as it is done properly. Of course, this article will also tell you the proper to spray paint with an airless sprayer, so keep reading! 

Elegant finish

The hydraulic system and the fan-shaped spraying are the main contributory factors to an elegant finish. After the paint dries out, you will be able to see a smooth and perfect finish on the objects without any uneven surface.

Instruction on spray painting 

Step 1

Set up the doors so that they stand up straight with enough space for you to spray paint all sides including the front, the sideway, and the back too. You can do so by hanging them up on a rack, or screwing some gallon paint sticks on the wall and stabilize the door with them. 

Step 2 

Next is the spraying pattern. In order to ensure that the door is painted evenly and further reduce paint wastage, it is highly advisable to follow the spray paint pattern as per the illustration below. 

Start from the top right corner of the door, steadily go down to the bottom right, move to left and go up. Repeat until the one surface is fully painted.  

By the way, when you finish one straight line and moving on the next, remember to overlap the previous by 50%. The reason is that the fap shaped spraying of an airless sprayer produces more paint in the middle and less on the side. So, overlapping 50% of the spraying pattern with each other ensure that the intensity of paint is evenly distributed throughout the surface of a door. 

Step 3 

Painting sides of the door is pretty self-explanatory and intuitive. However, make sure that the center point of the fan-shaped spray pattern is where the sides of the door are getting painted. 

Step 4

Repeat step 2 for the backside of the door and voila that’s one door done easily and efficiently with an airless sprayer.

Important note


Remember to remove the doorknob before painting your door. Even if you want to paint doorknob too, it is better to do so separately. Otherwise, the spray painting pattern above will be screwed in the area around the doorknob. 


Always wear a respirator. If you do not have a respirator, a surgical mask or something to cover your nose is better than nothing. Although, ideally, it is better to use a respirator to be 100% safe. 

Painting multiple doors

If you have multiple doors to paint, line them up standing next to each other in a W shape. Leave adequate space between them so that you can paint the sides too. The tools needed to line them up can be easily found in almost any renovation shop. 

Avoid humid weather

It is better to avoid spray painting your doors during a rainy day. The humidity in the air might mess up the finish of the door when it is drying (bubbly finish). If you are living in a place that is humid throughout the year, get a dehumidifier and close all the doors or windows. 

If you are saving on budget, get a pack of charcoals and place them in the room where you are going to do your spray painting for at least half a day. There are thousands of DIY dehumidifier you can find on the internet so that shouldn’t be a problem. 

Practice first

If this is your first spray painting, you might want to try it out on a piece of cardboard first. Try to familiarize yourself with the feeling of spraying painting and how hard you should press the trigger, as there are paint sprayer’s that allows you to control the output based on the pressure applied on the trigger.

Bottom line

Spray painting isn’t as difficult as some might think once you have got the hang of it. Especially with an airless sprayer, it makes the job even easier. Follow our tips and guide above and you will become a spray painting veteran in no time.  Refresh Your Space

Remember to check out paint sprayers at and other related products and stay tuned for more tips and tricks on spray painting. 

Have fun and good luck renovating folks!
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