7 Steps How to Paint Garage Doors and Make Neighbours Jealous
Painting a Garage Door
Does your garage door cause you an eyesore? Do you feel embarrassed each time you have people over because of it?
Sometimes we forget to repaint our garage doors as long as it goes up and down on command. Well, fear not!
Garage door painting is an easy way to make it look beautiful. This blog post will give tips on how to paint a garage door so that it will look great and your neighbors will be jealous.
What are you waiting for? Take some notes before you start painting!
Step 1: Choose a cool day to start painting
Before starting your garage door painting process, you must check the weather forecast. With indirect sunlight and low humidity, the ideal temperature for painting is between 50 and 75 degrees.
Choose the week before the start, three consecutive days.
Collect all the materials you will need. Ensure you are selecting the appropriate paint and primer. Most garage doors are made of aluminum, but you might have your garage door made of wood if you have an old house.
Do not hesitate to ask experts at your local shop if you have doubts about what to buy. Just a gallon of paint should be enough for a garage door that can fit two cars in and a little spare space.
Tools and Materials you will need:
- Rubber gloves
- Dust mask
- Garden hose
- Cloth rag
- Painters’ tape
- Drip cloth
- Wire brush
- Fine-grained sandpaper
- Multipurpose detergent
- Latex external primer
- Latex exterior paint
- Inch paint roller
Step 2: Remove rust and wash the surface before painting.
Wear protective clothing: work gloves, dust mask, and safety goggles to start removing the rusty/chipped sports. Rub it with a metal brush.
Sand the areas with fine-grained sandpaper to create a smooth base. With a multipurpose detergent and a sponge, clean the entire surface.
Right after removing the dirt and grime, rinse the door with a garden hose. Then, with clean rags or towels, dry the surface. For at least an hour, let it air dry.
Step 3: Cover with duck tape each part you don’t want to paint.
Use durable adhesive as a mask to prevent the areas you don’t want to be painted on. You can mask handles, windows, and locks.
Step 4: Set the garage door and raise and lower it manually
Do not hurt your back while bending down as you are painting.
Turn off the electric opening mechanism to move the door leaf manually. Then raise the door leaf to put the bottom at a comfortable height.
Step 5: Prime it with a door material exterior paint primer
- If your garage door has interior panels, prime these first using a high-quality 2-inch brush with nylon bristles. Eliminate excess that may have crept outside the panels. It will ensure a super smooth finish.
- Next, prime the styles using the brush or a 3/4-inch roller. Be sure to also get into the “lips” of the horizontal panels.
- Lower the door as you go and climb up a stool or ladder to the top.
- Make the cut last.
- The primer must dry out for at least 12 hours.
Step 6: Paint the garage door
With the same method for the priming process, apply the quality exterior paint to the garage door. Start from inner panels from bottom to top and proceed outwards to the uprights.
Step 7: Apply a second coat
At this part, examine your work. You are done if the surface seems to be covered entirely. Apply a second coat in case there are uneven sports in which the old color shines through.
You should leave the first coat dry for at least 12 hours. Remove the tape after you’re done, and before opening the door, let the paint dry.
You will be satisfied with the results. Oh, your neighbors will envy you! And who knows, they might try to copy you immediately.
Voila! This is how you get your garage door painting all by yourself. With these easy seven steps on how to paint a garage door, you will get excellent results.
Of course, you can ask for professional help to handle the painting process if you don’t feel like doing it.
Thanks for reading! Please do not forget to comment on how was your garage door painting experience.