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    Can Fiberglass exterior door be painted? I have come across some cheap doors, but they are not the color I want.

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    Yes. In fact, they must be, in most cases to keep warranty on them.

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    Actually they are already painted. I would be painting over the existing paint to match my color scheme. Is this OK?

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    Go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weaselpolooza
    Actually they are already painted. I would be painting over the existing paint to match my color scheme. Is this OK?
    Yes. And if you use a stripper or something to remove the paint (and not the kind you find in a night-club, ) -- use care since some of them can do funky things to fiberglass.

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    I think paint stripper would be a waste of time and effort on a fiberglass door. You might want to lightly sand the surface, but even that might not be necessary, depending on the paint you use.

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    I agree with G.S. This is a straightforward paint issue....surface prep is the key. I wouldn't use any chemicals, not even liquid sandpaper. A little TSP would probably take any sheen off, then I would use a good coat of primer and best quality acrylic topcoat.

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    ive done them with auto paint, scuff them down, degrease and shoot the paint, you can have it mixed in any color and any amount of shine. use a single stage with a hardener and youre good to go. you can even wax them once a year.

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