What to Know When Painting Your Garage Door

Garage Door Installation, Repairs & parts in Kent, Washington

Every couple of years, a homeowner may decide to give their property a new look, so they paint. But what happens when your garage doors don’t match the new color? Then it’s time for a new garage door!

Or is it? Unfortunately, garage doors can be an expensive investment, especially when it’s not due to them being damaged. So what’s the best solution? Paint your garage door.

Tips For Choosing The Best Paint For Garage Doors

If you decide to paint your garage door, these are three factors you want to consider when choosing the best paint:

  1. The type of garage door. For steel or wood doors, look into latex or oil-based paints. Garage doors made of vinyl or a plastic overlay will require a latex-based primer plus paint that contains a bonding agent. With aluminum garage doors, your best option is acrylic paint.
  2. Your garage door size. Garage doors come in various standard sizes, so consider how big it is and that you will usually paint multiple coats. 
  3. The color you want for your garage door. Since you have so many color options, think about what you want your garage door to match: the trim of your house, the color of the house, or a complementary color. Also, consider if your current color is darker because you will need more coats of paint.

Taking these into consideration will ensure that your home’s overall look and appeal are precisely what you desire.

How to Paint Your Garage Door

Once you’ve selected the perfect paint for your garage door, then it’s time to paint. But it’s not as simple as getting a brush and painting.

Before You Paint

There are a couple of things you want to do in preparation for this DIY project, including:

  • The weather. Look at your local forecast because the best days to paint your garage door are cool temperatures between 50 and 75 degrees, low humidity, and indirect sunlight.
  • Prepping your garage door. Before you paint, you will need to remove any rust, sand down your door, and wash it. Allow it to air dry at least an hour before throwing on your pain. The painting process will be easier if you use heavy-duty painter’s tape to mask off any handles, locks, windows, and other areas you don’t want to be painted.

Painting Your Garage Door

When you’re ready to paint, switch your garage door to manual so you can raise it or lower it as you paint. The best way to paint your doors is in the following order:

  1. The recessed areas
  2. The garage door frame
  3. The garage door trim

Before applying your color, paint your garage door with a primer made for exteriors and suitable for your door’s material. Use extra coats of paint as needed.

Are You in Need of a New Door?

Maybe your current garage door is too beat up, having trouble functioning, or you just need to replace it because it’s broken. In that case, the Doorman Service Company, Inc. experts are ready to give you the guidance you need for anything related to your garage door.

Contact us today, and we will be glad to answer any of your questions!

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