Painting Your Garage Door

Garage doors are a huge part of your home’s first impression. When they’re looking worn it can create the illusion that your whole home needs work. Re-painting the garage door is a job anyone can do and the new look will really freshen up the image of your house.

Don’t Paint the Garage Door Wrong!

As simple as this improvement can be, doing it the wrong way could leave you with splatters on the driveway or old paint color on the ends of the panels when the garage door is opened. Here is a list of some things you’ll need to do it the right way.

  • 3-inch latex brush or Paint Sprayer
  • Sanding sponge
  • Exterior paint
  • 1-gallon work bucket
  • Rags
  • Dropcloth
  • Step stool

What about the Paint?

Photo credit: www.cnbhomes.com

Photo credit: www.cnbhomes.com

When it comes to the amount of paint you’ll need that depends on the type of garage door you have. Aluminum doors will need a bit less, wooden doors a bit more. If the new color is a drastic change from the old that could require more paint. You’ll also have to make the decision to either brush or spray the paint on. Make sure you consult with your local paint store on which method would work best for you.

Try to pick a day with little wind, not too hot or cold and make sure there will be no distractions to pull you away from your work. Unplug the garage door opener, and detach the door with the emergency release cord. This will eliminate the risk having an accident if the opener were to operate while you’re painting.

Start by roughing up the surface of the door with a sanding block to remove any dirt, cobwebs or oxidized paint. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just give it a good once-over. Make sure you’re drop cloth is down, any areas you want protected are taped off, and get painting. If you’re garage door is beyond the point of livening up with a fresh coat of paint get a hold of us to talk about a complete replacement.