Your garage door takes up a significant portion of your home’s exterior, so giving it a fresh coat of paint is a great, low-cost way to dramatically improve your home’s appearance. Once you’ve decided on a color for your new garage door, roll up your sleeves and get painting with this handy guide.
Step 1: Plan ahead
Since the garage door will need to dry in-between layers, you’ll need two or three days to paint it. If you work a normal 9-5 job, this is a good project to save for a three-day weekend. Check the weather forecast the week before you plan to start. The ideal temperature for painting is between 50 and 75 degrees, with low humidity and indirect sunlight.
Step 2: Gather materials
Be sure to select paint and primer that are appropriate for your particular garage door type. Wooden garage doors, aluminum garage doors, and vinyl garage doors all require different types of paint and primer. If you have any doubts on what to choose, your local Cary garage door company will be able to give you some guidance. A gallon of paint ought to be more than adequate for a two-car garage door, plus a bit to spare. If you’ll be putting a lighter color over a darker one, you may require more than one coat and more paint.
Step 3: Prep the surface area
Prepping your garage door will ensure that the paint goes on easily and doesn’t peel or flake off over time. Put on protective gear (work gloves, dust mask, and safety goggles) and remove any rusted or chipped spots with a wire brush. Then, sand the areas with fine-grit sandpaper to create a smooth base. Lastly, clean the entire surface with all-purpose cleaner and a sponge. Once all dirt and grime have been removed, rinse the garage door with a garden hose and let it dry.
When the garage door is dry, put down heavy-duty painter’s tape to prevent paint from going anywhere you don’t want it to go. Protect the driveway and garage interior by laying out a drop cloth both inside and outside the door.
Step 4: Prime it
Begin by priming the garage door’s inset panels with a high-quality 2-inch nylon paintbrush. Wipe away any excess that may have crept outside of the panels, in the areas known as the “stiles,” to ensure a super-smooth finish. Next, prime the stiles using the brush or a ¾-inch roller. Be sure to get in between the “lips” of the horizontal panels, too. Stand on a step stool or ladder for the top portion, and do the trim last. Let primer dry for at least 12 hours.
Step 5: Paint!
Begin painting, using the same method as for priming: bottom to top, starting with the inner panels and working outward to the stiles. Once the surface is completely covered, you’re finished! If there are uneven patches or spots where the old color shows through, let it dry for at least 12 hours, and then apply a second coat.
Get more help from our Cary garage door company
If you’re busy and need someone to paint your garage door for you—or just need a custom garage door repair, garage door installation, or garage door maintenance service in Cary NC, contact All American Overhead Garage Door. We’ll be happy to keep your garage door working well for years to come!