I watched a This Old House video that recommended taking the door off its hinges to paint it horizontal. I would rather not do that if it's not necessary. May I leave it in place? I'm going to paint it the same color as current (white).

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    Walls are often painted without laying them down first. :)
    – isherwood
    Apr 22, 2019 at 12:59

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Sure, but you increase the odds of drips and runs that way.

Either way you have to leave it open until the paint dries.

If you take it off, you can bring it to a warm part of the house so it dries faster. Might not be much different on a warm/hot day.

Be sure to put a dropcloth under it to keep paint off the floor.

  • When I painted the inside of the door it was vertical and I didn't have problems with dripping. Yes, I have some dropcloths. I will do it on a warm dry day. (Dry => less mosquitoes.) Thank you. Apr 22, 2019 at 3:26

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