Over time, wear, tear, and weather can do a number on your garage door. Eventually, you’ll notice peeling, fading, and cracking which can have a negative effect on your curb appeal. Whether you have a metal or wooden garage, door, you may wonder if you can paint it to make it look new again. The answer is yes, but there are some things you should consider before you start sprucing it up.
When you’ve decided to paint your garage door, you’ll need to choose a color that complements the rest of your home. If you already like the existing color of your garage door, look for a paint color that matches it, or at least matches it as closely as possible. On the other hand, if you really want a change, consider painting the door a brand-new hue. Remember that the darker the door, the more the old paint will show through. Consider things like the color of your brick or siding, shutters, and other trim to help you select the perfect color.
The Painting Process
Before you begin painting your garage door, you’ll need to do a little prep work. Make sure that you choose a day where the sun is out and there’s no chance of rain so your paint can adhere and dry properly. Prepare the garage door by removing old, cracked, or flaking paint. You can do this using a simple paint scraping tool. Next, clean the door using a cleaner that contains a degreaser and a soft brush. Spray your garage door with water and let it dry thoroughly. Tape off any windows or hardware that you don’t want to paint.
After you’ve prepped the area, lay down a drop cloth so you don’t get paint on your driveway. A primer is recommended since this will give your garage door a smooth finish. Primer also helps the paint to adhere. After the primer is dry, you can begin painting. There are several different types of garage door paint available but look for formats that are designed for the exterior of your home and contain acrylic latex for better durability. A single coat of paint should do the trick, but if you’ve chosen a lighter shade, you may need to add two coats. Paint slowly using even brush strokes to avoid streaks and you’ll have a fresh-looking garage door in less than a day.
At MassGarage located in Sharon, MA, we have the expertise to help you select the perfect garage door for your home. Call us at 781-602-0737 to schedule an appointment for an estimate today.