A homeowner may want to paint a door frame as part of a complete interior makeover or after changing the molding. As with most painting projects, the preparation often comprises a major part of the costs. Many homeowners choose to use a professional for this task due to the labor involved.
|What you can expect|
|Range per linear foot:||$1.84||$4.54|
|Range for this type of project:||$46||$113|
Door Frame Painting Cost
Cost of residential-grade, latex-based dual paint/primer for exterior walls and trim, including wood, vinyl, masonry, stucco, and brick. Mildew-resistent enamel finish options include eggshell and semi-gloss. Rate is inclusive of local delivery, as well as standard excess for perfect coverage and occasional touch-ups. 15-year warranty guarantees excellence.
Door Frame Painting Labor, Basic
Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete project. Surface will be prepared with scraping, sanding, and patching (up to 2 hours and 4 minor defects per 100' length). Spot priming will be applied as needed, and edges caulked. Two coats of paint will be uniformly rolled or brushed, and all hardware replaced. Fee is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of installation site, and meticulous cleanup.
Door Frame Painting Job Supplies
Requisite supplies for the job, including masking tape and paper, materials for surface repair and preparation, primers, and cleanup supplies.
Option: Remove Trim Paint
Stripping of polyurethane, varnish, or non-lead-based paint finishes. Protection will be laid out for adjacent surfaces. Surface, edges and ridges will be scraped, and sandpaper or steel wool will be used to remove final residue. Fee is inclusive of all aspects of the project except those involved in lead-based paint removal.
|cost to paint a door frame|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per linear foot||$0.49|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 25 linear foot||$78.39|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 25 linear foot||$45.21 - $111.58|
The most significant step in preparation is removing the door. The frame must also be sanded to allow the new coat to adhere to the wood. Once done, wipe it down with a damp cloth if the new paint has a water base and a tack cloth if it has an oil base. The final step is to cover the surrounding surfaces with painter’s tape.
Aside from the number of frames being painted, the primary consideration in estimating the cost is whether the existing paint will be stripped or simply covered over. If the existing coat is sound, and the new color doesn’t require an undercoat, painting over the existing color is usually preferred. If the frame needs stripping, expect a higher quote. The type of paint being used can also affect the project cost.
One reason to choose a professional for this task is the discomfort that can come with the work. Painting a door frame is usually done by hand due to the narrow width of the surfaces, and it involves a lot a bending and reaching that can be tough on the neck, shoulders, arms, lower back and knees. A professional is better able to paint the frame accurately, giving results that homeowners can appreciate.