Painting Your Own Garage Door

Most types of garage doors, such as those made of aluminum, wood, and steel, can be painted. A high quality paint job can improve the appearance of your entire home and match the door with the color scheme of your residence, whether it is gray, black, white, beige or another color. You can also save money since you won’t have to spend extra cash on a pre-painted door. If you appreciate a good do-it-yourself project, you should consider painting your garage door. This gives a new door added depth and texture and an old door new life.

Before you start painting, though, you need to do some prep work. True Value Projects suggests that you start off with some all-purpose garage door cleaner, which you should apply to the entire front surface of the door. From there, grab a soft cleaning cloth and rub it over the entire door to get rid of any leftover debris that the cleaner missed. You may want to repeat this step if you haven’t cleaned your garage door in a while. Wash off all traces of the cleaner with some water.

If your garage door has never been painted, you can move right on to priming it. If it has been painted in the past, you need to make sure that any and all traces of old paint are not present on the door. You can use a scraper to remove leftover paint scraps. For more stubborn pieces, True Value Projects suggests that you try using a chemical stripper for more thorough removal.

Now you can move on to applying a primer on the garage door. This will allow the paint to look more vibrant. If you can, look for primer made for your particular garage door surface, like aluminum, wood, or steel. Otherwise, paint this as you would any surface, using rollers or brushes. True Value Projects recommends that you give the primer plenty of time to dry, at least 24 hours. If you’re in a rush for any reason, 12 hours may suffice, but the longer the primer has to dry, the better the final paint job will look.

Once that amount of time has elapsed, you can now apply paint to your garage door. If you can, look for weather-resistant paint that can endure a variety of weather conditions like snow, hail, and rain. You should also look for fade-resistant paint so that the color of the garage door looks beautiful and vibrant for years to come. You shouldn’t need any special type of paint for different types of garage door materials.

Just like the primer, you can use either a roller or a paintbrush depending on your preferences. True Value Projects also recommends a sprayer for those tough-to-reach areas like the upper corners of the door. If your garage door has windows, be careful not to spray these or paint them. You will also want to wait at least a day for the paint to fully dry. If you want to add extra texturing to the door, do this after the first layer of paint dries. You may need to paint multiple layers before you’re happy with the results.

Regarding texturing, if your garage door has any panels on it, painting it a somewhat different color makes these panels look raised and adds interesting contrast to them and the rest of the garage door. For example, a white or black garage door may look best with gray paint for the panels while a brown garage door may look best with beige paint for the panels. Of course, depending on your preferences, you can paint these panels any color you want.

When painting the panels, you can either paint just the square or rectangular-shaped outline of the panel, or the entire panel itself. Both of these will make a beautiful impact. You will have to wait for these to dry for at least 12 hours, but you may want to give them a full 24 hours just to be on the safe side.

Once the garage door is dry, you can paint the trim around the garage door. If your door has paneling that you’ve painted, you can go ahead and paint the trim the same color. Naturally, if you want, you can also use a different complementary color. You should apply tape around the trim to make sure that none of the paint drips onto your freshly-painted garage door. Let the paint dry between 12 and 24 hours.

Painting your garage door is quite an endeavor, but it allows you to flex your creative muscle. By following the above steps, you can paint your door in a relatively inexpensive manner and have beautiful results that you can enjoy for years to come.


About Neb Aleksic

Neb grew up in the garage door business. Since joining Doorcare he has moved up in the ranks, and now oversees a team, in addition to Doorcare's marketing efforts. He is passionate about what he does, and enjoys the small things in life.
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