Smooth out the surface, apply primer then paint.
Don't paint or stain the door in direct sunlight.
Make sure you have the proper ventilation if done indoors.
Use either a high quality brush, roller sleeve, or sprayer.
If using paint mix well.
Stain / varnish, read the direction.
The two following links provides everything you need to know about painting including lots of tips.
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I don't know the exact steps you should follow, but you must apply a primer before applying the paint.
Sand the wood properly, apply primer, then paint. You can consider polishing if you like as it brings out the beauty of the wood and gives it a shiny look.
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