Garage door paint can be used to give your garage a fresh new look. Your garage contributes to the overall style of your home so it’s important it looks good. Could your doors use some TLC?
Rust spots or flakey paint can all contribute to an untidy image but using garage door paint is an affordable, quick and easy solution.
You should also make sure you use the right paint for the type of door you have, e.g wood or metal. Using the wrong paint can give you a less than professional finish. Be extra careful if your doors are galvanised steel as you need a particular type of paint for this surface.Follow our step by step guide to achieve a professional finish you can be proud of.
You should give your garage doors a good clean before you start painting. Doing this will help reveal any imperfections that need touching up.
Use sugar soap or warm soapy water and an old cloth or rag. You want to remove all dirt and grease. Make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies. Open the door and do all around the edges as well.
Pro Tip: Clean around the door frame so that when you shut the door it doesn’t transfer dirt to your fresh paintwork
When you’ve finished cleaning, make sure the door is dry before you apply any primer or paint.
To protect your fittings from paint splatters you should remove them or cover them with masking tape. You want to make sure door handles, hinges and brackets stay in good condition and look their best after the paint job.
Now that you have a clean and dry surface, inspect it thoroughly and look for any rust, loose paint or any notable drip marks in previous coats of paint.
Take the time now to smooth out these imperfections using coarse sandpaper or a wire brush. Pull any flaking paint off and use the sandpaper to blend any ridges you can feel to ensure a lovely smooth finish.
Wash again using a warm soapy solution to remove any dust from the sanding down, and allow to dry.
Pro Tip: Paint when the temperature is between 8C and 25C to get the best finish on your garage doors.
Depending on your garage doors this step can differ.
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Place dust sheets or newspaper around the garage doors to catch any drips or paint splatters. Then use a paint brush to apply the primer or undercoat, as required, to your garage doors.
Yes again! Cleaning in between steps is a good tip to get the best finish possible. Allow the primer to dry completely, then wipe down again with a damp cloth and allow to dry before painting.
Pro Tip: Normally when painting wood you should go with the grain. However, if there are any fine splits in your doors, paint across the grain to cover the split, then go over it again, following the grain. The paint will act as a filler and give you a smooth finish.
You should paint in layers, rather than trying to put paint on too thick. You’re likely to need at least two layers. Allow the first layer to dry completely before adding the next one.
You should inspect the paint’s finish when it’s dry to assess if another coat is required.
Carefully remove the dust sheets and masking tape if used. Only do this when the paint is completely dry. Otherwise, it can pull at your new paintwork or disperse dust which can stick to the surface.Refit any handles, hinges or brackets that you removed at the beginning. If you need to replace the hinges, read this article to find out which hinges you might need.
Look after your brushes by giving them a good clean in a solvent such as white spirit or turpentine (known as “turps”). You can purchase white spirit from most DIY stores or online, e.g. this white spirit from Screwfix.
That’s it, you’ve done it! Your garage door should now perfectly complement your home and make it look much better.I'd love to hear from you in the comments below if you found this guide useful and managed to put these steps into action. As always, please remember to share if you think your family and friends will need this guide.
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