Yes! Absolutely you can repaint your garage door! Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team has some ideas and guidelines to help make your project easier. These tips are for repainting a metal door, not a wooden one. We hope you find these ideas useful.
Materials Needed to Paint The Garage Door
Painting your garage door is an easy job for DIY’ers. If your door has weathered and faded, is a color that is now considered ‘dated’, or needs some sprucing up, painting your garage is a job you’re going to enjoy. Here’s a list of supplies needed to get your door painted and looking great again.
- 4” nylon or polyester paint brush
- A short pile 4” paint roller
- A paint tray
- Masking tape for windows
- 220 fine grit sandpaper
- Rags for cleaning the door and to clean up
The Best Paint for Garage Doors
- A coat of primer on your door before painting is a good idea. It will help your top coat adhere to the door better.
- How much paint you are going to need depends on the size of your door. Typically, a double garage door needs about a gallon of paint to cover it. Here are some tips:
- Use a matte finish or semi-gloss latex paint for your top coat.
- If you are trying to update your home check to see what colors are trending for homes. It may or may not blend with the rest of your home, but it might give you some ideas on what you’d like to do with your garage door.
- If your garage door faces the south the sun will cause darker colors to fade sooner and may also cause the metal of your garage door to warp and bend. If the door is in the direct sunlight consider lighter colors that will reflect some of the sunlight.
Prep Work – the Key to Great Painting
Getting your door cleaned and ready for painting is key to a long-lasting paint job. If your door is dirty or has oil on it, it won’t be long and you’ll find your paint peeling. You really want to do great prep work, it will be worth every minute of your time. Here’s what you need to do to extend the life of your paint job:
- Wash your door with trisodium phosphate (TSP). It will remove any dirt, oil, or chalking.
- Rinse the door thoroughly with clean water. Give it time to dry.
- If there are any indentations on your door use the 220 grit sandpaper (no steel wool, please) to ‘roughen’ the surface up a bit.
- Remove any dust with a damp cloth.
Apply a Primer Coat
A coat of base primer is not required, but it is a good idea as it will help your top coat to adhere. The primer coat will need 16 hours to dry before applying your top coat.
Lay Down The Final Top Coat
Apply the top coat paint and give it time to dry. Take a break. Get a cup of coffee, stand back and enjoy your work.
Call Us if You Have Any Questions
It is so great to see your garage door projects are complete! Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team is always here to help if you have any questions. We can also repair your door if it breaks.