Do you hate glossing doors? Does the sticky gloss paint always run? Do they take FOR. EVER. to do? Fear no more... Borrow my almost-husband for 5 minutes and he will make you see that even the thickest gloss paint + paneled wood doors = easy not evil.

I love home improvement and decorating, but I'll tell you a secret... I HATE glossing. I'm impatient and heavy-handed and although I have become a dab-hand at skirtings (baseboards), the thought of glossing a door fills me with dread. But thankfully I have my secret-weapon... Mr B!

I am super lucky to have such an awesome almost-husband, and when it comes to home improvement, I clap my little crafty hands with glee. Mr B has been a professional painter and decorator for over 15 years and he has skills with a 'Z'. He's also very impulsive which means if I say 'Baby, do you think that wall would look good painted Robin Egg blue?", within an hour, it will be Robin Egg blue. Over the years many a room has undergone a real-life 60 minute makeover.

He can gloss a panelled door in full, including both sides and edges, in just 5 minutes. It sounds crazy but if you follow his method below, you too can be a painting superhero! 

You will need:

  • 120 grit and 240 grit sandpaper
  • Wood filler or similar
  • White Undercoat
  • White Gloss
  • 4 inch mini roller
  • 2 inch or similar paintbrush
  • Gloves

Before you start you will need to make sure you fully prep the door. There really is weight in the old addage 'Preparation, Preparation, Preparation' here. Hence why it's not my forte... impatient? Me? Never.

To do this boring essential work, you need to check the door over for any dents or holes and use quality wood filler or Polyfiller to smooth out any imperfections. Once this is dry, rub down with 120 grit sandpaper and dust off all that itchy gross dust *ick* .

Grab yourself a cute little 4 inch roller like this one by Hamilton. 

Hamilton Perfection Medium Pile Midi Roller Sleeve - 4 inch

You can get these for around £2.50 each by clicking the link above, or from B & Q or most other DIY stores and need to give the whole door a light coat of undercoat. To make this process easier (yes please!) add a few drops of Turps, White Spirit or paint thinner to the paint and give it a good stir. This will make the finish smoother and the paint will roll on much easier. 

Let the undercoat dry for 24 hours and start making your super-hero cape, 'coz you're going to be wearing it with pride soon!

Once your undercoat has dried you're ready to go. Start by rubbing down the door and edges again (mehh...) this time with 240 grit finishing sandpaper to a smooth finish. Check this by running your hands over the panels and edges. You will need your little 4 inch roller again and a 2 inch or similar paintbrush. Synthetic or pure bristle is fine. Mr B personally likes synthetic brushes when glossing as it gives a flatter finish.

Now it's time to get your paint on! We used Crown Trade Next Generation + White Gloss which has a special formula with enamel to give a whiter white and makes it much more durable and hard wearing. If you use this, don't be frightened when you open the tin or apply it, it starts off a creamy white but dries back a glossy brilliant white. 


Unlike with the undercoat, you're going to want to use this neat so no need to add any thinners. Pre-prime your roller with gloss and roll off the excess on the inside of the tin. Mr B puts a big dent in the side of each tin to make a flat edge inside, this makes rolling off the excess easy as pie. 

When you dunk your roller into the paint, roll off the excess using this neat little panel you've made on the inside of tin and tap to ensure no drips. Don't be too shy here though, my mistake has always been not loading up the roller enough. You just want to make sure it's not dripping with paint, that's all. 

This is the order in which you need to paint the door:

  • 1. Roll top and edges
  • 2. Cut in the panels using the edge of your roller
  • 3. Roll top half of the door
  • 4. Lay off (this means brush over to get rid of any runs and roller pattern) with your brush
  • 5. Repeat on the bottom half 
  • 6. Now your ready to do the other side, wedge the door at the bottom of the frame with an old caulk tube or similar 
  • 7. Using your brush carefully cut in the hinges 
  • 8. Repeat rolling and lay-off for top and bottom of reverse side 
  • 9. Check over for any runs and brush off should you find any
Once you're done, pop the kettle on, make a cuppa and then check back on both sides of the door to make sure no pesky runs have appeared. If so, again just brush them off lightly or wipe with a wet finger.

Here's my man in action, showing the order in which he paints each section. And no it's not sped up at all depsite the funky tune provided by youtube.

Top Tip: Apply a light even amount of pressure when rolling, let the gloss do the work for you. 

Remember you don't have to go as fast as Mr B but follow his method and you're sure to have shiny, run-free, stress-free glossy doors.

Do you have any top tips for home improvements? We'd love to hear them! Leave a comment below or get in touch on social media @dollysdisco