Paint for HDB Gate / Door / Door Frame

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Most HDB houses and Condos have doors, gates and door frames that require a fresh coat of paint.

With daily repeated use, numerous openings and closings lead to these requiring fresh coats of paint quickly over time.

Consider the below options to repaint your gates and doors easily yourself, or hire an experienced painter to do it for you.

Be sure to also check our article on the best exterior paint for landed house Singapore.

Paint to Use: Nippon Bodelac 5000

Option 1: Nippon Bodelac 9000 Paint

With its striking, intense colours, this bright gloss enamel paint makes it easy to give metals a warm glow, or wood a cool, glossy finish. Providing excellent coverage and with built in fungus resistance, Bodelac 9000 is perfect for use on primed wood and metal surfaces, both internally and externally.

Super gloss and matt finishes for wood & metal surfaces

  • Good covering power for spots or stains
  • Anti-fungus protection
  • Protects from corrosion
  • Excellent adhesion to wood & metal surfaces
  • Long-lasting colours
  • Easy to apply
  • Durable
  • No Lead or Mercury added

Planning Work for Metal Gate or Grill Painting?

Step 1: Check the surface and condition

Before painting, first check if the paint surface and metal door or metal grill are in acceptable condition.

Any corroded surface or paint stripping off may require you to remove or scrap off the peeling paint and corroded area first before painting. This protects you from further hassle down the road when the base coat of paint starts to come off, leading to double work and unnecessary headache.

Step 2: Clean the Surface of the Gate/Metal Grills

The outside of the metal gate should be spotless and free from stain, residue or oil. After these are removed, use sandpaper to sand down before painting.

Step 3: Apply Primer ( Zinc-Chromate) to Gate/Grill

If the current paint surface is corroded or peeling and the underneath base metal is exposed, apply a significant thick coat of primer (oil based) to ensure your paint will have good adhesion the metal surface.

Check out whether you need sealer in our article: Sealer, yes or no?

Step 4: Apply Your Oil Paint ( Gloss) to Gate/Grill

Select the preferred colour of paint you need and apply the oil based paint with brush or paint roller for a thin coat. Repeat a second thicker coat after the first coat has dried.

Step 5: Drying Time ( Wet Paint)

Do allow surface drying time of at least 4 hours for the wet paint. Stop others from entering or exiting these doors / gates to avoid touching the wet paint. Ensure no moisture, rain or dust gets onto the paint during this time.

And you’re done! Congratulations on having your gates / doors and door frames repainted! We hope you found this article useful.

If you would like us to do a professional painting job for your condo or HDB, please feel free to reach us at or 97341484.

PS: Can’t decide between Nippon vs Dulux paint for your HDB? Check out our article here.