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How to Paint a Garage Door?

Curb Appeal , Garage Doors , Tips and Troubleshooting   Brett Rowley  | 28 May 2018

Steps To Revive Your Garage Door

Reviving your garage door can seem like a daunting task and you’re probably wondering where do I even start? It’s easy to put this task on hold but considering your garage contributes to almost fifty percent of your home’s front exterior image, having a rundown garage can drastically bring down your home’s appearance. Here are some quick easy steps to bring your garage door back to life with a fresh coat of paint.

Step 1 – Choose your paint

 Before we begin the whole process it is a good idea to have chosen and obtained the correct paint needed before prepping your door. Depending on the material, whether it’s aluminium or wood, the process and paint will differ. You are going to need paint and primer, or to make things easier, you can use an all-in-one which will save you having to do multiple coats. Some key points to take note of when purchasing the paint –


  • Less paint is required if using the same colour
  • Wooden garage doors require more paint than aluminium ones
  • Different tools will use different amounts of paint
  • When in doubt, consult a professional on what paints and primers are best suited for your door


Step 2 – Equip the right tools

There are three different ways you can apply the paint to your door –

  • Brushes – are good for getting into tight spaces to ensure you cover every single surface but can be very time consuming and may leave brush strokes.
  • Spray – allows for quick application of paint across a large surface area. This option is not ideal if you are only painting your garage door as it can be quite wasteful, messy and expensive.
  • Rollers – Excellent for the job as they cover large surface areas and provide a smooth finish. The only downfall is that rollers cannot get into hard to reach places and this is where brushes come in handy.


Step 3 – Prep and clean the door

Before you begin painting you will need to strip and clean it first. Depending on the material of your door, use a sanding tool, remove any old paint, rust or grease that could cause your new paint to chip or peel. If your door is metal, then a wire brush is recommended.

Next step –It’s as easy as it sounds. Proceed to give your garage door a quick wash using an all-purpose cleaner or detergent mixed with warm water. Use a small cloth or brush to wipe away anything loose on the surface and caught in between crevices. Finally, rinse off the soapy water and allow for the door to dry before we begin the next step. Cover any surfaces you do not want to get paint on as it can get messy, this includes tarp under the door and painters tape to cover trimmings.


Good preparation will lead to an excellent execution


Step 4 – Let’s paint

Make sure you have checked the weather before painting. Ensure that it’s not too hot, not too cold and that there is definitely no chance of rain. Once the door has dried you can go ahead and apply the primer you have chosen during step 1, if you are still unsure we recommend consulting a professional. Allow for 24 hours for the primer to dry before applying your first coat of paint making sure you paint in one direction – e.g. horizontal or vertical. If applying a second coat, ensure that the first coat is touch-dry and then paint in the opposite direction from the first coat. The second coat should cover any patchy or blotchy areas providing a uniform appearance giving you that perfect finish.

Need more ideas to increase your curb appeal? Have a look at our previous post on how to freshen up your house exterior.

Brett Rowley

Brett is a garage door expert who also runs Gryphon Garage Doors. He strives for great customer service, excellent product knowledge and constant innovation.

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