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Spray painted screen door

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A dated security screen door was given a makeover using spray paint.




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The project


We originally planned on replacing the cream-coloured screen door for a new security door that didn't have the diamond grille. The screen door worked perfectly fine and it seemed like a waste to replace it just for aesthetic reasons. Instead, we decided to paint the diamond grille section black to give it a less-dated look.


All up, the project cost around $100 as opposed to replacing it for a brand new door around $1000.


Tools and materials


Tools and materials used:




Step 1


We removed the screen door from the door frame and gave it a thorough clean using pressure washer. We wiped it down with a grease removing spray and left it in the sun for a couple of hours to dry. You can also use a leaf blower or compressed air to blow out any water that it trapped in the screen mesh or tight crevices.


Step 2


We started with the back side of the door and taped off the mesh area.




We then sprayed on the gloss white enamel spray paint onto the door frame. Once it was touch-dry, we turned the door over and repeat the same step on the front side.




Step 3 


Repeat step 2 on both sides after the first coat has dried.




Step 4


Once the newly painted white screen frame has dried and cured, tape up the screen frame and paint the diamond grille and security mesh. This part is a little more time consuming because of all the angles you have to spray the diamond grille at.






Step 5


We replaced the screen door lock for a Rolltrak screen door lock.




Before and after






How to spray paint metal


Over the years, metal gates and doors can rust and paint becomes flaky. Check out step-by-step instructions on how to spray paint metal by the Bunnings team.


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More project inspiration for your home


Bunnings Workshop member Nham brightened up his home with a front door paint refresh.




Other similar projects include screen door refurbishing by Dean (deano1966) and refreshed screen door using spray paint by Dannielle (projectmumdanni).


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Just Starting Out

did you sand before spray painting? As i know the paint might not last long without sanding

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Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @lingjy1. It's wonderful to have you join us, and many thanks for your question about this amazing project.


Let me mention @homeinmelbourne to see if they can answer your question.


Depending on the quality of the existing paint and its gloss level, you might require sanding. If the paint is powdery or peeling away, you'd need to prepare the surface before applying paint. If it's a high gloss paint, then scuffing the surface with 240-grit sandpaper will go a long way to helping the topcoat adhere correctly. Given the nature of screen doors, it would be difficult to sand all the security screen, so I'd recommend you consider using Flood 300g ESP Surface Prep Spray instead. It's suitable for gloss paint and will allow your topcoat to bond to the hard-to-paint surface.


Please let me know if you have any questions.




Home Improvement Guru


Love the change! I didnt think the security door would come up nice as it has. 

Another one to file away on my todo list!



Making a Splash

Job on my hit list - will look at the prep spray - thanks for the tip.

Home Improvement Guru


Well I was just reminded about your project by @EricL and am going to follow your leed and give it a go. I liked it before and had it on my "to do" list, well now its on my "now" list :smile: Looks like some cleaning and prep work to be done :smile:

Thanks for posting the project.



Becoming a Leader

Thank you @Dave-1! Looking forward to seeing how your door project turns out! 👍😊

Cultivating a Following

Did you take the fly wire out as well?

Home Improvement Guru

Good Evening @annieerbs 

Just in the inbetween time until @homeinmelbourne  gets back tou you I have just recently done the same project. I loved their screen door reno and pretty much did the same :smile:

Front entrance door renovation 

I did change my screen as well. The old plastic styled one had some holes in it and I also wanted a screen that wouldnt tear as easily.


Totally inspired by homeinmelbourne :smile:



Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hi @annieerbs 


From a painting perspective, odds are the fly wire was removed before painting the screen door. It would have been very difficult to mask the interior side of the fly wire. But let's wait for @homeinmelbourne to confirm.


If you need further assistance, please let us know.




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