This Is The Best Paint For Doors And Trim

With it coming to the end of a very chaotic year, I decided that I wanted to re-paint our door before Christmas. A fresh, clean look for the new incoming year. I decided on white for something of a stark contrast to the darker painted doors either side of us. It also appeals to our preference for more neutral household colors when it comes to first impressions for guests. While this paint is marketed for doors, it can also be one of the best paint for trim.

Rust-Oleum White Door Paint – Best Paint For Doors And Trim

these are the results after painting our door and interior trim with the Best Paint For Doors And Trim


  • Oil-based. Semi-gloss with a low VOC rating. This makes for an environmentally-friendly paint. 
  • Low sheen look with a satin finish. This makes for a really professional presentation.
  • Multiple possible material applications such as metal, wood and fiberglass. 
  • Resistant to the elements. This is ideal for outdoor and high-use projects in particular.

What I Thought About The Best Paint For Doors And Trim

I decided that it was best to sand the door down before working, inside and out. While I’d seen a few reviews stating that it isn’t necessary to do this with oil-based paints, I decided that there was no harm in giving the paint the best possible surface to begin with.

As a thick paint, it definitely needed thoroughly stirring before use. It is this thickness that made for a really smooth application, with a good load on the roller lessening how often I needed to top it up.   

While it was initially a little tacky after it had dried, a quick rub down with a damp cloth followed by another coat soon left it with a lovely polished sheen, not a brush stroke in sight and a lovely subtle shine that really complements the door as a whole.

I personally used a roller due to the fact that I were working on a door rather than something smaller like a cabinet or coffee table.

The nature of oil-based paint means that the likelihood of drips and splatters is far less than if I were using a paint that is water-based. While it is a one-coat paint by design, I always prefer to do more than one coat out of habit. 


  • Available in black, cranberry, dark brown and Vermont green as well as white. 
  • Durable when it comes to dealing with routine wear and tear.
  • No visible brush strokes. More so if using a roller and multiple layers.
  • Rust-resistant. This is ideal particularly if painting or in contact with metal.


  • Strong odor when drying. If painting outdoors, this is not so bad. That said, if you are painting indoors, make sure to have as much ventilation as possible. 
  • Risk of streaks if using a brush – it is best to use a roller depending on what you are painting.
  • It may take more than one layer depending on the texture of the surface that you are painting and the material in question. Preparing the surface can help a lot in this regard.

Final Thoughts

The Rust-Oleum door paint is one of the best paints on the market not just for doors, but for trim too. It is clear that the pros outweigh the cons and I am certain this is a paint you would be satisfied with!