Painting a Garage Door: The Absolute Worst Advice We Have Heard

How to Tell if Your Garage Door Needs More Than a Paint Job

Before you get started painting your garage door, this is something you absolutely must read. You may have already heard some of this advice or not, but either way, we wanted to tell you why they are problems.

Just paint them black

People don’t always think about this, but the color black absorbs heat. And, even if you paint the door black and it looks amazing, it will make your garage so much hotter. And, that will not make for a comfortable space.

You can pick any color!

Remember that the color of the door needs to work with the rest of your home. Clashing colors will ruin curb appeal. Try using poster boards in different colors taped to the door to get an idea of how shades will look at a distance.

It doesn’t matter what paint you use

You have to consider the material you are painting. If you don’t, then the paint may not adhere properly. You need to look at the material, whether it is metal, wood or something else and choose the proper paint.

You don’t have to sand

The current coat of paint will eventually start chipping and if you don’t sand it, then you are going to have a lot of work ahead of you in the future.

There’s no need to measure

While it may not seem like a big deal, it is certainly a hassle if you have to get more paint because you ran out. Go ahead and measure and then get a little more paint than you need. That way, you don’t have to worry about skimping on coverage.

It only takes one coat

One coat just will not offer even coverage, and that is true whether you are going from dark to light or light to dark. The result will be uneven and streaky. You need more than one coat.

Designs will look amazing

Do you want your neighbors driving by and thinking a child got hold of your door? If not, then paint the door one color. Designs do not look good.

Don’t worry about washing first

If you leave the garage door dirty, then the paint will not stick properly and will start flaking off. You need to make sure it is thoroughly clean and dry before you start painting.

Paint each door a different color

While the idea of painting the side by side garage doors two different colors may seem appealing, you likely will not care for the results because it will end up making the house seem uneven.

Quality isn’t important

Quality does matter. When you use cheap brushes, then you will see more brush marks. Cheap foam rollers will make the paint uneven. If you get low quality paint, then it will require more coats and more retouching.

Bonus tips for painting properly

  • Paint in good weather with mild temperatures. Paint labels will recommend temperatures.
  • Once you paint, open your door manually the first time. The paint may have cured in areas causing the door to get stuck and this could burn the motor out.
  • Always allow each coat to dry before applying another. If you don’t then, the coats will never dry and your door will be sticky.
  • Open the door and place a tarp on the ground partly inside and partly outside. This will make cleaning up easier.
  • Use a primer before painting if you will be applying an oil base paint over latex or if there are stains on the door.

Make sure you do all of the prep work and things will go much better. If you don’t, then you could find yourself having to repaint immediately.

Considering a brand new door

If your garage door only needs touch ups, then that is all well and good. However, there are times when it needs to be replaced. Atlas Overhead Doors Sales can help you with a new garage door from Garaga. That’s one of the most trusted names in the garage industry. We can help you find the right door and you can even use our Design Centre to build your dream door. That could save you hours of painting work!

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