Garage Door Makeover: How to Paint a Garage Door

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A Garage Door Makeover in Five Simple Steps

Painting a garage door is a DIY project anyone can tackle. Want to quickly and easily makeover your home’s exterior? All you need to do is apply a fresh coat of paint to your garage door. You can renew the existing color to give your home an updated look, or change the color and change the whole character of the home in the process.

Follow theses steps to paint a garage door, and make sure your project is a success:

1. Prepare the Door for Painting

Putting in a little work before you start painting does a lot to improve the finished project. Use a hose, cloth, and all-purpose cleaner to wash away any dirt on the door. Then use painter’s tape to block off windows and edges. Finally, lay down a drop cloth to protect your driveway from drips and spills.

2. Get Rid of the Old Paint

Use a wire brush to remove any loose paint, and use a paint scraper to remove any rust. It’s not absolutely necessary, but you can also use a chemical sponge or circular sander to remove the old paint completely. No matter which option you go with, make sure you wear eye protection and a dust mask.

3. Prime the Door for Painting

Before you select your primer, you’ll need to determine what kind of material the door is made of. Most modern garage doors are made of metal, but some older versions are made of wood. Select a primer that is formulated to bond with the material at hand. Apply the primer with a wide brush or paint roller. If you’re also painting the inside of the door, make sure the area is well-ventilated while you’re priming it.

4. Start Painting

The painting process is a lot like the priming process. Use a wide brush, paint roller, or even a paint sprayer. If you do elect to use a sprayer, practice on a piece of cardboard before you actually start working with the door. With any method, apply one coat, let it dry, then apply a second. Most homeowners elect to use a semi-gloss paint for easy maintenance.

5. Clean Up the Area

Once the second coat of paint has dried, check the windows and door handles for any misplaced paint after you remove all the tape. A razor blade can effectively remove most drips and drops. Thoroughly clean your brushes and rollers, and keep any extra paint stored safely in case you ever need to touch up a patch.

Your Garage Makeover is Just Getting Started

Now the entry to your garage looks great, but what about the rest of the garage? If your space is dirty cluttered, cramped, and dysfunctional, it’s not serving its purpose. Let the experts at Garage Designs help you create and install clever garage enhancements. You’re limited by nothing but your imagination.

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