THE BEST WHITE PAINTS FOR INTERIOR DOORS
There are dozens of colours to consider for your interior doors but white is always one of our favourites. Classic and timeless, white doors add ampleness and brightness – even to a dark and small environment.
But choosing a paint for your interior doors is harder than it seems. The doors are subject to constant wear and tear, so the paint must be tough and resistant. A poor-quality white paint may also turn yellow in time, making your woodwork look out-dated. And there are many other things to consider.
Buying interior door paint can be overwhelming and that’s why we’ve tested and rated the most popular products in the UK. Check out our top picks below.
OUR BEST PICK INTERIOR DOOR PAINTS
Best Of The Rest
Weather and waterproof exterior wood paint guaranteed to protect your surfaces for 10 years.
Ultra-tough interior wood paint guaranteed to stay white for up to 10 years.
Pure Brilliant White paint provides long-lasting protection on multiple surfaces.
When high-quality pairs with affordability, it makes for a winning formula. Johnstone’s Non-Drip is a tough and resistant paint product developed for interior and exterior wood and metal. Acting as an undercoat and topcoat in one, Non-Drip can be applied to bare or previously painted surfaces, either indoors or outdoors.
Coming in a selection of neutral shades and contemporary colours, Non-Drip is suitable for white paint enthusiasts with two contemporary options: Brilliant White and White Lace. We tried the latter and were satisfied with the results.
White Lace dries to a vibrant off-white with slight hints of ivory – a stylish choice ideal for those tired of classic white but who’re not yet ready to move on to a bolder colour.
Regarding the characteristics of the paint, our favourite feature is the hardwearing non-drip formulation. Thicker than expected, the product is easy to apply with a brush without leaving unwanted strokes behind.
Another thing we like is that Non-Drip requires minimal surface preparation. Priming is only required on bare substrates and on some non-ferrous or galvanised metals. But most of the time, you can apply the paint straight to the surface provided it is in good condition.
We’ve had multiple experiences with Rust-Oleum Universal and can admit that this paint never disappoints. Ideal for a host of interior and exterior applications, this product comes in a range of contemporary colours and three finishes.
For your white interior doors, we recommend the Matt White version which dries to a contemporary brilliant white. The flat finish disguises minor surface imperfections, including any brush strokes, and is very easy to clean.
If matt is not to your liking, the same colour is also available in Satin and Gloss finishes, while another 16 colours add versatility if you’re tired of white and looking for a new perspective.
Easy to apply with a brush or roller, Rust-Oleum Universal is perfect to use on all interior and exterior surfaces, from woodwork and metal to masonry. Developed for a quick and easy application, this product acts as a primer and topcoat in one.
Another thing we like is the price. Supplied in 250ml and 750ml, Rust-Oleum Universal can easily be defined as affordable and represents a budget-friendly solution for most homeowners.
Ronseal Weatherproof is a white paint developed for exterior surfaces and formulated to withstand adverse weather conditions, but we found that it’s also great to use on interior doors exposed to sunlight.
The 10 Year paint is guaranteed to protect the surfaces from water, wind and UV rays for 10 years if applied as instructed. But according to the manufacturer, the paint could last indefinitely if it is maintained with Ronseal Wood Paint.
Hardwearing formula and easy application are two traits that define the quality of this paint. Weatherproof is elastic and it flexes with the movement of the wood, resisting peeling, cracking and blistering.
Thanks to the non-drip formula, it is also easy to perform the paintwork without creating a mess. On a downside, the thicker consistency affects the results and you’ll have to apply the paint professionally to avoid brush strokes and other imperfections.
Ultra Tough is a more specific interior door paint from Ronseal. Developed for interior surfaces, this two-in-one primer and topcoat is perfect to use on bare or worn wood and is guaranteed to stay white for up to 10 years.
A great choice for high-traffic areas, Ultra Tough is durable and resistant. Thanks to a great viscosity, the product is also easy to apply with a brush, roller or even with a sprayer.
Despite the very limited colour choice, another thing we like is the choice of finishes. Satin is perhaps the most popular as it combines in a perfect way the hardwearing advantages of gloss with the contemporary finish of matt.
However, if you want to paint your interior doors in a paint that dries to a low-sheen or high-sheen finish, you can choose the product in either matt or gloss.
Quick Dry Satinwood by Dulux is another exceptional product to consider for your interior doors. Boasting a water-based formulation, the product is developed for interior wood and metal and can be applied directly onto previously painted or primed surfaces.
The main feature of this paint, as suggested by its name, is the quick-drying formula which helps you finish all your paintwork faster. Satinwood touch dries in two hours and it can be repainted after six hours if needed.
In fact, thanks to an exceptional covering power, one coat is usually enough and two or more coats are only needed on porous or substantially darker colours.
With regards to the colours, there are plenty to choose from. Satinwood Pure Brilliant White is a classic choice and our favourite, but there are 19 other shades to consider.
Satinwood’s elegant mid-sheen finish complements the colour and gives a contemporary touch to your environment, but this is not your only choice. A low-sheen eggshell finish or a high-sheen gloss add versatility to the Quick Dry range for interior wood and metal.