So I thought long and hard about painting my garage door OR just getting a new one. And then I thought, did that really just go through my mind, to buy a NEW garage door when all I have to do is throw some new paint on it. Yeah that was an easy decision.
So here is my pathetic garage door that is screaming for a facelift. Check out the bottom right corner. SHAME!
Ok so a few key tips when painting a garage door.
FIRST- Make sure you have a few nice days in a row where you know it won’t rain and it’s not too hot or cold. This may take some planning, but it’s necessary to get a nice finish or your door. ( I don’t usually plan my projects, I like to start them when I am in the mood, so this one took some extra patience on my end waiting for the perfect weekend weather.)
SECOND-Cleaning/Prepping. This step is super important. You shouldn’t just paint right over your old paint without cleaning and prepping it first (I mean you can but your paint probably won’t adhere very well- not recommended) This part was kinda grueling but I just kept thinking- painstaking manual labor = cheap:) The first thing I did was cleaned it with 5 parts water to 1 part general household cleaner and let me tell you I worked up a hot sweat scrubbing this door. No need for a workout today. I worked in small areas at a time, scrubbing and then hosing it down. I then let it completely dry. (aka: took a nap on the driveway)
After my siesta I lightly sanded over the areas where the paint was chipping and then I did a quick sanding over the entire door. I also used a wood chisel to get off the thicker pieces of paint and sanded over them. Then I hosed down the garage door again to get rid of any debris that was left over and then let it dry again.
THIRD- Prime/ Paint. Use a good quality acrylic latex exterior paint. I got mine from Home Depot. I used a paint and primer in one since I wasn’t changing the color of my garage door. Now, there are many different methods to painting a garage door. Do you roll it, spray it or hand brush it?? A painter friend of mine recommended hand brushing the paint for this project. And so I did! I used my Purdy Nylon/Polyester (medium Stiff) 3″ brush and worked from the bottom up one row at a time.
I unlatched the garage door from the inside so that I could manually pull the garage door up and down instead of using the automatic garage door opener. This was just easier and I could place the door where I wanted without risk of ruining fresh paint.
Then I placed a carton under the door to keep it where I wanted.
After finishing the bottom row and letting it dry I moved the garage door up so that there was a gap in between the panels. This way I could paint on the edges of each panel and again let each row dry before moving up. I continued working my way up until I was done and then I started all over again and put a second coat on.
Voila!!! Finished project! Looks new right! I also painted the trim which freshened it up as well. I am loving the way this looks and wished I had done it much sooner.