Brightly painted doors aren't all that common in Pittsburgh -- yet -- but homeowners around the country are going bolder, and paint companies are listening.
Glidden, available at Home Depot and made by PPG Pittsburgh, has special door and trim paint with "Gel-Flow Technology," at $17.97 a quart, although its colors are limited to traditional reds, browns and navy. Dutch Boy Paints has introduced door and trim finish specially formulated to hold up against the elements. It resists peeling, cracking and blistering, and sells for $25.35 a quart.
But for a super, marine-grade high gloss with intense pigment, try Fine Paints of Europe's Dutch Door Kit (www.finepaintsofeurope.com). At $110 for a "euro" quart of paint, plus primer, sandpaper and solvent, it's pricy, but devotees swear by its depth and polish. It's available in 32 colors, although Fine Paints will match any color made by other major paint companies.
"We have the shiniest paint in North America," said John Lahey, president and CEO of the company, which is based in Woodstock, Vt. "And doors are our thing," he added, noting that the British prime minister's residence at No. 10 Downing St. is covered in Fine Paints of Europe paint.
Painting a door isn't difficult, at the very most a weekend project, but it's important to paint all six sides of the door, especially the bottom, which comes into contact with moisture that can damage wood.
While federal regulations prohibit the sale of oil-based paint in the mid-Atlantic, Fine Paints' oil-based products are available by the quart by mail order, which is plenty for one door that has been properly sanded and primed.
So what will it be? Sunny yellow, for energy? Red, which according to ancient Chinese feng shui, means prosperity and good luck? Blue, for British time-traveler "Dr. Who," who embarks on his adventures through a blue door?
Go ahead, make a new entrance.
Mackenzie Carpenter: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1949, or on Twitter @MackenziePG. First Published April 9, 2013 4:00 AM