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At risk of being called a noob and having searched for this topic in the archives, I ask...

Customer wants to paint his wooden front door satin BLACK.
Very nice door with beveled glass. It has a dull finish and was stained originally.
This doesn't have to be stripped, right? Can I sand, prime and paint?

If so, what grit and which primer? The wood is in excellent shape, just dulled finish and does not get direct sun exposure.
I will use Duration Satin on the house, but not on the door. Probably Super Paint, unless you have suggestions on a tougher paint for a door.
I could get a pic posted, if that really mattered.
 

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Sound advice NC as always.

I do have a question for the op.

Why use a cheaper grade paint on the door? It will see more wear than the siding unless it never gets used. I would put two coats of duration gloss on it after following Andy's suggestion for prep.
 

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Sound advice NC as always.

I do have a question for the op.

Why use a cheaper grade paint on the door? It will see more wear than the siding unless it never gets used. I would put two coats of duration gloss on it after following Andy's suggestion for prep.
I heard that the deep tint base Duration had problems, particularly being thin. I have no data showing Super is better, just that its formula is tried and true. You know how painters get something in their head and are hard cases to change. I have used deep Duration, though.
 

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So get Black in a factory tint, problem solved. :) Or you could use Aura. Dark colors, that would be the next best thing to a factory tint....maybe better .....lets get JP to do a fade test. :)
 

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I just sprayed and backrolled whole house in duration satin in a deep blue. I would say it's significantly thicker than super paint, which I used in the same color on the shed.
 

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Pittsburgh paints has an industrial black paint for doors. Almost an epoxy coating. It comes in gloss and will stand up to a lot of use & abuse.. just ask a rep, I haven't used it yet.
 

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I think duration has a tricorn black or something that is factory tinted. Is factory tint different?

I only have Valspar, Ace brand, or SW in my town, so if Aura is BM, I can't get it without driving 75 miles to OKC.
 
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