How To Paint Your Garage Door

By:   Niki D'Angelo | Published:

Painting a garage door is a rewarding process that will make your home shine like new. The professionals at Banko Overhead Doors have worked with homeowners to help find the perfect door for more than three decades. The team has put together this practical how-to guide to help walk you through painting your garage door.

Prepping to Paint Your Garage Door

There are several steps you can take to prepare for painting your garage door:

  • Safety: Always use a mask rated for fumes when using brush cleaner or similar painting products. It’s also important to have eye protection when you sand or chip the door’s surface for old paint.
  • Equipment: Next, gather all of your painting supplies, from safety gear to wire brush, scraper, sanding pad, hose, bucket, sponge and more.
  • Scraping and sanding: Now, you need to prep the door for painting. Remove rusted or chipped areas by scrubbing with a wire brush and sanding these parts of the door to make them smooth.
  • Cleaning: After sanding, wash the surface of the door with an all purpose-cleaner and sponge and rinse it all away with a garden hose. Then dry the surface with a towel and let it air dry for an hour or two.

How to Paint a Garage Door in 3 Steps

Painting a garage door is an adventure that you can complete on your own or share with family and friends. Follow these simple steps to guide you through the process and bring a new pop of color to your curb appeal.

1. Apply Heavy-Duty Painter’s Tape

The first step is to apply heavy-duty painter’s tape to protect locks, handles and windows. If you’re planning to paint your trim, place tape on the edges of the garage. If you’re not planning to paint the trim, cover it with tape.

2. Prime the Door with Exterior Paint Primer

The next phase is priming the door. It’s key to make sure you understand the material of your door. Many modern garage doors are made of metal but there are still occasional wooden doors. A wide variety of latex exterior primers will work on most surfaces. At this stage, you’ll pause your project to let the primer dry for 24 hours.

3. Paint the Garage Door

The final step is to apply a quality exterior paint to the door. You should move from the bottom of the door to the top, beginning with the inner panels and working your way outward to the stiles. Remember to let the paint dry for at least 24 hours. Also, it’s not necessary to paint the edges between the sections because these parts of the door are not exposed to the elements and are rarely visible.

Choose Banko Overhead Doors Solutions Today for Painting Services

When you purchase a new door from Banko Overhead Doors, you can select a color from options available at Sherwin-Williams® to complement your home’s current color.

This solution combines the heavy-duty durability of polyurethane paint with Clopay’s paint system designed for compatibility with their products. The Clopay Color Blast® program has more than 1,500 color varieties to choose from. If you’re on the fence about your options, our experts will be happy to guide you through the process.

Ready to find out more? Browse our selection of doors today or contact us online with any questions. You can also schedule an estimate for an installation or repair.

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