Painting Garage Doors
Transforming Steel Garage Doors

Painting garage doors makes sense when you are tired of coming home every evening to a plain and dreary looking garage door or doors. Spruce them up!

Modern garage doors in most homes are steel. Therefore, it is not required that you paint them, due to the fact that they are already painted. However, in the case that you do want a color other than white, black, or brown, keep the following information in mind.


Modern garage doors in most homes are steel. Therefore, it is not required that you paint them, due to the fact that they are already painted. However, in the case that you do want a color other than white, black, or brown, keep the following information in mind.

While it may seem self explanatory, it is important that you do not try to remove the garage door from its hinges. It is best to paint the exterior of the door while it is still closed, the reason being that it is more convenient to go this route. It can also be dangerous to remove the door from the hinge due to the powerful spring-load mechanism that most garage door hinges have.

Preparing for Paint

As with any paint job, you should always clean the surface thoroughly prior to applying a new layer of paint, this reason being that the left over dirt and residue will be painted over and could cause the paint to peel.

To remove the tough mildew stains and other dirt debris from your garage doors, mix the following ingredients and apply with a soft bristle brush:

  • 5 gallons of warm water
  • 1 cup of powerful household detergent or ammonia

After applying the solution, rinse the door well so that the mixture is cleaned off thoroughly. You should also help prepare the door for better adhesion when painting. With this being said, do not use sandpaper or any type of de-glosser. Instead, mix a powder cleanser with water and apply to the door using the same soft bristle brush that was used the first time around. Rinse and wait for the door to completely dry before applying any paint. For the best results, paint within 24 hours of prepping the door.

Painting Garage Doors

When choosing paint for the door, it is best to choose an acrylic based latex exterior paint that is of high quality. It is important to steer clear from oil-based, as to the fact that it could cause rust to occur.

The color you choose is completely up to you. Be sure to choose a color that you will enjoy seeing when you come home. After all, you will be the one who has to live with the color afterward.

If your garage door or doors are located in an area that is prime for direct sunlight, wait until a time of day when the sun is not direct and the doors are not warm from the sun. The early morning hours before noon would be the best time, or in the late evening hours. The reason for this avoidance is due to the fact that the "lap marks" made by the brush could result if you do paint when the doors are warm.

As with any type of door or window, you will want to avoid the seal of the door to prevent painting garage doors shut. Another factor to keep in mind is if you have any windows in your garage door. If so, you will want to purchase "painter's tape", which you can find at almost any hardware shop. The purpose is to tape around the window edge so you can avoid getting any paint on the windows.

You will be quite pleased with the results. It is amazing how much of a transformation painting garage doors can make in the appearance of your home. This is especially true if you have a small yard, with very little grass. A pair of green garage doors will make your yard seem much bigger. Your new garage appearance will certainly be the talk of the neighborhood.



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