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What’s the Easiest way to Paint a Door: Roller or Sprayer?

Painted doors are really on trend right now, which I love because it is such a simple and inexpensive DIY update! We have painted 2 exterior doors to our home using 2 different methods, and today we are going to talk about the best way to paint a door – is it with a roller or with a sprayer?

Which is the BEST Way to Paint a Door: Roller or Sprayer? Charleston Crafted

Which is the BEST  EASIEST Way to Paint a Door: Roller or Sprayer?

We have done both of these methods. We painted our front door with a high density roller and sprayed our back door with a paint sprayer. Both methods have pros and cons.

Painting a Door with a Roller

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  • Time – it will take several coats, with dry time in between.
  • Drips – it’s really easy to get a drippy finish with a roller, from using too thick of coats of paint.

Be sure to read our article about the best roller for painting doors!

Painting a Door with a Paint Sprayer

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  • Faster – We painted our whole door in one coat in under 15 minutes
  • You use less paint spraying than rolling (in our experience)
  • Angles and details – it’s easier to spray non-flat areas than it is to roll them.


  • Prep work – you have to do a lot of taping before you spray to make sure that you don’t get paint anywhere that you don’t want it.
  • Cost – a paint sprayer is more expensive than rollers, but pays off if you will use it for many projects. We use a Wagner Home Decor Paint Sprayer which will run you around $80

Overall, we preferred the paint sprayer. It was just so much faster and had a much more perfect finish. However, it does involve the investment of buying a paint sprayer, which could be a large or small purchase depending on your overall budget and how many times you plan to use it.

What kind of paint do you use on a door?

You can buy specific exterior paint at your hardware store, which we used for the outside of our door. For the inside, you can use exterior paint or a semi-gloss wall paint.

How to paint a door without brush marks?

Either of these methods to paint a door – using a foam roller or a paint sprayer – will not leave brush marks!

Do you need to remove a door before you paint it?

Nope, we paint our doors while they are still hanging in the frame!

Have you painted a door? What method did you use?!

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Monday 22nd of February 2021

Good ideas for everyone

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