How to Paint Your Garage Door in 3 Simple Steps

Giving your home a touch-up every now and then produces a more visually satisfying appearance as well as increased value. Garage doors are a blatant focal point when looking at your home, so sprucing them up with a little bit of paint can go a long way. Painting the door to your garage is a fairly simple process and can be done in just three steps.

Step 1: Getting Started

Before you begin, make sure you have all the required materials. You will need exterior paint, one 3-inch latex brush, a roller, a stir stick, a sanding sponge, rags, a dust brush, a drop cloth, a step stool, and a 5-in-1 tool. If you don’t have a 5-in-1, a simple paint can opener will do. How much and what kind of exterior paint you use will depend on the type of material your door is made out of. According to DIY Home Staging Tips, you will need more paint for a wooden door than an aluminum door, and you can plan on using extra paint if you are making a drastic color change. Either way, most single car garage doors won’t require more than a gallon of paint.

Just a note, if you have an automatic entry, you will need to disengage it before beginning the project so you can freely open and close the door. To do this, simply pull the rope with the red handle that is hanging from your opener and you should be good to go.

Step 2: Prep Work

There is a little bit of prep work involved when you are performing a paint job. First, you will need to prepare your door by cleaning it in order to properly apply the paint. There are at least two options you can choose from when performing this step. The first is to get an all purpose cleaner and spray the entire surface, thoroughly cleaning off any dust or dirt, and then rinse with your garden hose. You will need to wait for the door to dry entirely before moving on. The second option is to use a sanding block and go over the entire door and then brush off the remnants of dirt and dust. This option may require a little more elbow grease, but it will save you some waiting time.

If steady lines aren’t your forte, then take some time to apply painter’s tape around any handles, windows, or trim. This way, you won’t end up with stray paint and a messy looking appearance.

You will also need to prepare the area by placing a drop cloth beneath the garage door. This will protect your garage floor and your driveway from any paint spills or splatters, saving you from scrubbing out the stains.

Lastly, if there is any loose paint or rust, grab a wire brush and a paint scraper and work on removing it. Using a chemical stripper and a sanding sponge is a good way to remove the loose paint, according to True Value.

Step 3: Prime and Paint

Once your door is properly prepped, you can pick up a brush and start priming. Much like the paint, it is wise to check your primer to make sure it will work on your door’s surface material, according to True Value. It’s a good idea to raise the door and start with the bottom panel first. Use your paint brush or roller to apply the primer section by section. You will want to use a 3-inch brush around the edges and between each panel.  As you lower your door to move to the next section, it will bend at the top, allowing a groove to open up so you can paint the horizontal edges of each panel. Give the primer time to dry and repeat the process with the exterior paint. If you need to apply another coat, make sure the first one has dried thoroughly before you proceed.

New paint and garage doors are a great combination if you are looking to make the outside of your house a fresh and visually appealing sight. It’s a simple solution to any home looking to improve its outdoor appearance and add some curb appeal.

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