How Do You Paint a Garage Door?

Painting a Garage DoorHomeowners who want to repaint the exterior surfaces of their homes may want to know how to paint a garage door; however, they will want to know when is the right time to repaint a garage door? Well, if the garage door is peeling, cracking flaking or chalky, then it is time that you scheduled a repaint. Also, if your garage door’s paint no longer looks good with the rest colors of your home, you may need to consider repainting. Painting your garage door will help prevent weather elements from damaging the materials that make up your door. Before you start painting work, ensure you get the right items needed for the work including paintbrushes, paint rollers, cloth, sponge, sandpaper, metal putty knife, and rubber gloves. Once you have identified the right paint and primer coating products, you can now follow these foolproof steps on how to spotlessly paint a garage door.

1. Prep the Surface

One reason garage door paint will peel out is often, because it was applied before the surface was properly prepared by scouring or sanding. This may happen if a homeowner does not know the right steps of how to paint a garage door. A wooden garage that is sanded properly will absorb the paint because it has pores, but for steel or other metallic garage doors, the material needs to be lightly roughened so that it creates microscopic grooves where paint can adhere. A pressure washer can be used to clean the surface.

2. Repair Damaged Spots

Wooden doors are likely to develop gaps and cracks. Prior to applying paint on garage doors, ensure that you repair the damages by using paintable exterior caulk that fills the cracks and gaps to prevent water from entering the spaces and causing wood to rot, according to Painters USA. Any rotten patches should be scraped out, and a wood filler applied. Metal doors need scraping to remove rust.

3. Cover the Surrounding Areas

The paint is likely to drip and spill over at the time of application. You can protect the surfaces from such spillage and staining by covering them. A tape and plastic may be used to cover the surrounding including siding, trim, items, and windows. Driveway sections near the garage can be covered using a cardboard laid on the ground right at the door. Any item that may be clogged with paint and stop working should be covered with materials like a drop cloth.

4. Apply a Primer Coat

A primer coat prepares the surface so that paint can adhere well. It is also used to protect the surface. For example,rust-inhibiting steel primer can protect a metallic garage door from rust. A wooden primer will protect a wooden garage door from moisture. You need to apply the primer and wait for a few hours for it to cure. In more detailed areas, you may need to use a brush if the roller isn’t applying the coat properly.

A primer is primarily useful if you intend to change the color of the paint in the future. Applying primer ensures that the color of your garage looks flat and even. When you don’t use primer, and you later change the color of the door, the old hue or shade may show underneath the new paint. This makes the door look unsightly. When following the steps of how to paint a garage door, you should understand that some paints contain primer in them; therefore, you may not need applying a separate layer of primer.

5. Do the Actual Painting

After the primer is ready to apply paint on top of it, you can now paint the garage door surface, according to the San Francisco Gate. You can determine if the surface is ready for painting by applying paint to a small area using your paintbrush. After a couple of hours, place a masking tape over the paint and see if it peels off. Should the paint come out with the masking tape, you need to know that it won’t stick on the door. This may be due to wrong temperature or too humid conditions. It may also be caused by the accidental purchase of wrong paint. Avoid using oil-based paints designed for exterior surfaces on steel doors because some manufacturers may make your warranty void if they discover that you have used such kind of paint on a steel garage door.

6. Clean Up the Surrounding

Once you are finished with the painting work, you can remove the tape, plastic, cardboard, and drop cloth used to cover the surrounding surfaces and items. Some areas might have been spilled or splashed over with paint, so make sure you clean them immediately to avoid the paint sticking on them and making it difficult to remove.

Make sure you read the label carefully and apply the paint in the right temperatures or humid conditions to prevent peeling and flaking. Difficult to paint surfaces can prove a tall order even to the experienced painters. Sometimes, a garage door may have complex details, or the paint may be difficult to apply for some reasons. In this case, even if you know how to paint a garage door, you may need to contact a professional painter to handle the task.

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