When it comes to home improvement projects, painting a garage door is not one of the more challenging things you can do. A newly painted garage door can help protect the garage door from the elements and looks nice. Still there are certain tips that can make painting a garage door more efficient and effective.
Choose the Right Paint
When you paint your garage door you will need to use an exterior paint that can stand up to the elements. Most people choose either and oil or latex based exterior paint. Before you paint the garage you will need to prep the garage door including applying an coat of an exterior primer. These are usually latex based and are specifically designed for the outsides.
Preparing Your Surface
Before you start painting your garage door you will need to prepare the door for painting. Depending on the surface this can be challenging and an intricate process. Wood or acrylic Doors are the most common surfaces and relatively easy to prepare. Simply chip off any loose paint chips and start to prepare the garage door surface. You will also want to make sure the garage door is free of dirt so wash it off with a power washer first. Doing so can be a great way to quickly clean off the surface.
Begin by using painters tape to create a barrier around the garage door. A thick and high quality painters tape is the best option for most people and provides extra leeway to avoid painting the wrong color on the wrong spot. Use a paint primer to cover up the old color and create a more adhesive surface for a new paint layer. An layer of paint primer is particularly important on your garage door if you are painting over a darker color and making an lighter color.
Don’t Ignore the Weather Forecast
Whenever you are painting outside you will always need to pay attention to the weather. Your newly painted garage door will need time to dry and you will likely need to apply several coats to have it look good. Wait until the summer when the weather is hot and there is a lower risk of rain and the paint drys faster. Each coat of exterior paint on your garage door will take twelve hours to dry so plan accordingly. Clear up a few days on your schedule, make sure the weather is hot, and prepare for your painting.
Painting your garage door is not much different than painting any other part of your home. You can use a paint roller but if you have any grooved parts you will need to make sure that the surface is worked over with a fine paint brush to avoid pools of paint accumulating in these areas. Let dry and then apply a second coat of paint.
A newly painted garage door can add significantly to the curb appeal of your home. Follow the aforementioned items to make sure your garage is well painted and preserved from the elements.