The outside of your garage door is constantly exposed to factors that could cause wear and tear, such as the natural elements of Delaware or Maryland or children playing in the driveway. So to keep your garage door looking fresh without replacing it, simply apply a few coats of fresh paint. This will extend the overall expectancy of your garage door while also enhancing the appearance of your home.
However, before you take out your brush and start mixing colors, there are a few tips you need to know. Painting your garage door isn’t the same as painting a wall in your house, so consider the following factors to make the most of your garage door’s new paint.
- Choose the right paint. You have to use a specific type of paint for the outside of your door and make sure it’s recommended for the material from which your door is constructed, such as wood or metal. Use a high-quality acrylic latex exterior paint, and avoid oil-based paint or any paint that claims it won’t rust.
- Prepare your door. You’ll need to take certain steps to prepare your door for painting. First, wash your garage door with a solution that contains a household detergent to get rid of mildew and other surface contaminants. Use a soft bristle brush to wash your door and prepare the surface for paint. You can also use a power washer if you have one. Then rinse the door after you’ve given it a good wash and allow for it to dry completely.
While preparing your door, take this opportunity to repair any damaged portions. Use paintable exterior caulk to fill gaps or cracks. If your door is made of wood, scrape out any rotten parts. If it’s metal, scape off any rusted areas.
- Use painter’s tape. Make sure you cover the area surrounding your garage door with tape and plastic to protect the hardware, trim, siding, and windows. You can also lay cardboard on the driveway to keep it from getting covered in paint.
- Gather your tools. When applying the paint to the door, you can use a sprayer for a thin coat. You can also use a roller and a brush.
- Paint at the optimal time. Don’t paint your garage door when it’s in the direct sunlight or when it’s hot to the touch because this can negatively affect the consistency of the paint.
- Get started. First, apply a coat of exterior acrylic primer to your garage door. Allow the primer to dry thoroughly, then apply one coat of high-quality latex acrylic paint.
Adding a fresh coat of paint to your garage door can spruce up the look of your entire house while also making your garage door appear new. It’s also a great way to customize your garage for a more personal feel. To achieve the best results, contact your garage door company to uninstall your garage door prior to painting and reinstall the door upon completion. For more information about exterior design services offered in Delaware and Maryland, click here to visit Precision Door’s website.