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Exterior Door Painting Cost

Exterior Door Painting Cost

National average
$125 - $150
(painting an already painted exterior door incluiding caulking, sanding, and priming)
Low: $75 - $100

(a door that has never been painted before)

High: $175 - $290

(metal door)

Cost to paint exterior doors varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from painters in your city.

The average cost of painting an exterior door is $75 - $290.

In this guide

Prep Work
Types of Exterior Doors
Enhancement and Improvement Costs
Additional Considerations and Costs

How Much Does It Cost to Paint Exterior Doors?

Your home requires maintenance to look its best year after year. However, one of the most-overlooked areas of a residence is the front door. Your exterior door greets guests before they enter your home, so it is imperative that it always looks its best. Perhaps the sun has bleached the door, or you have recently changed your house’s exterior, or maybe you just want a new look; these are all reasons to paint your exterior door.

Painting an exterior door is a relatively easy process that won’t break the bank. A professional painter charges an average of $50 per hour. It will usually take them one to two hours to paint an exterior door. The cost of the project will run from $75-$165 depending on the price of labor and type of paint.

Prep Work

As with any project, it takes basic prep work before painting can start. All of the hardware, such as the doorknob, deadbolts, etc. must be removed. The door must also be removed from the hinges 1. Any old paint must be sanded 2 off to create a smooth finish. The surface will be cleaned prior to painting. A wood door must have a smooth surface and a mental or vinyl 3 door should be blemish-free before any paint is applied.


Many types of paint are now a combination of paint and primer 4 so the door does not need to be primed before being painted. A painter does not necessarily have to prime before painting if the door was previously painted and the surface is generally in good condition. A door that has never been painted before, any glass or tile, and metal doors will require a primer.

There are three types of primers that painters typically use.

Here is a table that outlines the benefits of the three types of primers and the expected cost per gallon.


Flexible even after drying

Used with latex-based paints


Works well on damaged wood

Penetrates deeply

Used in conjunction with enamel-based paints


Kills odor-causing bacteria

Neutralizes mold growth

Helps hide water damage



You will need an exterior paint that can handle the wear from the elements and sun exposure. Ideally, an exterior or exterior/interior paint. Such paints are far thicker than interior paints. They contain additional pigments and resins to keep them from fading, chipping peeling, or staining.

A paint and primer 4 combo works on a bare door, or when repainting a similar color, or when going from a light shade to a darker hue. A separate paint and primer are painted over a stained wood door or when going from light to dark hues. Also, a separate paint and primer come in handy if the existing paint on the door has started to peel or flake. Paint and primer are necessary if you wish to cover an oil-based paint with a water-based one. Exterior latex primer averages $25-$65 per gallon depending on brand and type. A gallon of standard exterior latex paint with no primer averages $20-$50 per gallon.

Paint typeConsPros

Works well on a bare wood door or when repainting over similar latex paint.

Dries quickly

Often lacks durability

Ideal for a metal door

Dries fast


Must use mineral spirits to clean up paint spills or messes

Types of Exterior Doors

You can paint virtually every kind of exterior door, including sliding patio, storm door 5, and normal exterior door.

Sliding patio door

Aluminum or metal trim requires a metal primer and an exterior oil-based paint

Wood trim requires an exterior primer and latex paint

Brush for wood doors

Brush or spray paint on metal or aluminum doors

Storm door

Storm doors are made from metal and require a metal primer and exterior oil-based paint

Rustoleum products are often used for metal storm doors

Brush or spray paint on metal or aluminum doors
Wood exterior doorPaint and primer comboRoll or brush


Always work with a licensed painter when painting an exterior door. They are trained professionals who will quickly and efficiently paint your door. They will remove the door, remove the hardware, sand 2 any trouble spots, prime, and paint.

You can hire a professional painter for approximately $50 per hour. A handyman can also paint an exterior door. They charge approximately $60-$90 per hour, or by the project. Painting a door is a fairly easy project so the contractor will usually charge a minimum rate.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Painting Siding

The cost to paint exterior house siding averages $1,850-$2,500. Many opt to paint their exterior house siding at the same time they have their exterior doors painted because a painter will frequently provide a cheaper bulk-service rate. Also, as the years pass, the siding’s color might fade. Painting the siding at the same time you have your doors painted improves the home’s exterior appearance significantly.

Painting Trim

Most painters charge $500-$1,000 to paint the trim of a house and around the doors and windows. However, simply to paint the door frame is usually included in the cost of painting the exterior door.

Painting Shutters

While renovating the look of the exterior of your house, you may also want to paint your shutters. Painters charge approximately $60-$150 per shutter.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • This could be a DIY project. You will simply need to purchase paint, primer, or a primer-paint combo, brushes, caulk, sandpaper, and painter’s tape. Remove the door and all hardware before painting. It will usually take two coats of paint to look good. Once complete, rehang the door.
  • If you want to hire a painter to paint your door then please get at least three to five estimates. Remember, prices will vary depending on the season. Many painters and handymen provide cheaper quotes in the offseason when things are slow, such as in late fall or early winter.
  • The final cost of having your door painted can vary depending on your location and zip code. As with most things, prices tend to be slightly higher in metropolitan areas.
  • Painting your front or back exterior door is a relatively small job for a painter, so you might score greater savings if you find additional painting jobs for the painter like having the siding or trim touched up or repainted.
  • Try, if possible, to choose a good day for painting. You'll need to keep your door open for a few hours so it's best if it's not too cold or too hot.


  • What kind of paint do you use on an exterior door?

Use exterior latex paint, either with or without primer, on a wood door. For a metal door, you should use a metal primer and an oil-based paint.

  • Can you paint a metal door?

Yes, you can paint a metal door with oil-based paint or spray paint.

  • How long does it take for exterior door paint to dry?

Around four hours.

  • Can you use interior paint on an exterior door?

You should not use interior paint on an exterior door because it will not hold up to the weather conditions and sunlight. Eventually, it will start to flake off.

  • How much does it cost to paint a door?

It costs approximately $75-$165.

  • How much does it cost to paint trim and doors?

The average cost of painting trim and doors is $575-$1,165.

  • How much does it cost to paint a door and frame?

The cost of painting the door and its frame is $75-$175 because the cost of the frame is usually included with the door.

  • How much does it cost to paint the outside of a house?

The cost of painting the exterior of a house is $2,500-$3,000.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
See full cheat sheet.
glossary term picture Hinge 1 Hinges: A type of joint that attaches two items together but allows one of them to swing back and forth, such as a door attached to a door frame
glossary term picture Sanding 2 Sanded: Process of removing the top surface of a material, such as wood, using sandpaper and/or a specialized sanding machine (for large surface areas)
glossary term picture Vinyl 3 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
glossary term picture Primer 4 Primer: Preparatory coat applied to materials (drywall, wood, metal, etc.) before painting to ensure paint adhesion, extend paint durability, and help seal and protect the surface to be painted
glossary term picture Storm Door 5 Storm door: An additional door, installed outside an exterior access door, that provides insulation and damage protection during inclement weather

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House exterior with covered porch and white exterior door

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