If you’ve driven up to your home to be greeted yet again by a worn-out and outdated looking garage door, the thought of a fresh coat of paint is probably sounding very appealing. While many garage door installation and repair companies can easily paint garage doors as well, if you have a steady hand you may have considered painting your garage door yourself. But before you get started, you want to make sure you know what you are doing. Here are three tips on how to paint your garage door yourself.
Tip #1: Clean
One of the best tips when it comes to painting your garage door has everything to do with the prep-work before you actually get to the painting. It is important to give your garage door a thorough cleaning before getting to work. Even if you plan to completely strip your garage door of the existing paint, you want to make sure you remove as much of the dirt and dust you can first.
Use a cloth to wipe away the debris, then gently scrub your garage door with soapy water and a sponge or cloth from top to bottom and side-to-side. Pay special attention to the corners and any other little crevices. Rinse your garage door thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before moving to the next step, or help dry it faster by using a towel to wipe it down.
By taking the time to properly prepare and clean your garage door you will get a more even paint job that will have a better finish as well as better adhesion, which will help it last for as long as possible.
Tip #2: Application
While there are many garage door sizes out there, the application for paint will be pretty standard. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t techniques you should stick to to make the job go smoother! First, start by painting the recessed area of the panel in the top corner of your garage door with a nylon or polyester brush. Begin in the corner and continue painting around the perimeter of the recessed area. Continue this process until all panels and their recesses are painted, and then wipe away any paint that is not within the panels. Then, use a brush to cut in the perimeter of your garage door, adn use a roller brush to paint the stiles around each perimeter.
Tip #3: Maintenance
While technically not a painting tip, maintaining your paint job will help you to avoid unnecessary cracking, fading, and repainting in the future. Be sure that you are regularly cleaning your garage door. If dust or dirt has accumulated, it’s time to wipe it down with a wet sponge or washcloth and warm water. Inspect your garage door regularly for any damage that can be fixed before it becomes a problem, and plan to repaint every few years to keep your garage door looking your best.
If you decide that painting your garage door yourself isn’t for you, contact your local garage door installers for a quote on a paint job. In some cases, it may be worthwhile to get a whole new garage door. As you begin comparing garage door prices of places like Menards Garage Doors or Ideal Garage Doors, don’t forget to include The Garage Door Man in your bids. With high customer service oriented practices, you won’t be disappointed with their prices or quality of work.