If you’re like most homeowners in the world, you’re probably super happy to have a garage. It grants you an indoor space to keep your car parked and protected from the elements. It can even be an extra space to do all sorts of activities if you wish for it to be.
If you’ve had your home for any length of time, though, you might be getting a little tired of looking at that same drab color every time you pull into your driveway and look at your garage as you click your garage opener key.
If you’re ready for a change to come to your old garage door, why not consider giving it an upgrade all its own with a new paint job? You could either hire painting companies to handle the task for you, or you could go the DIY route and handle it yourself.
Wait…Why Would You Paint Your Garage Door?
This is a good question. Many people go a long time before they even think about giving their garage door a fresh coat of paint if they ever do at all. After all, why would you want to spend precious time and money painting something that you only ever see when you park your car and when you leave your house? Isn’t it fine how it is as long as it raises up and down when you click the button?
Well, there are a few reasons someone might want to paint their garage door. Not only will it look way better than it did before, but it will also make your home stand out from the crowd. This gives it a bit more appeal and might even help to raise the value a bit, should you ever decide to put your home up for sale.
What Do I Need to Get Started?
A brand new garage door paint job isn’t going to be a massive undertaking. Once you have all the proper materials for the job and some time set aside to get it done, it’s a fairly simple task to pull off. A little bit of work, and then you have the most attractive garage door on your street!
So, once you’ve decided when you’re going to try to get it done and made some decisions regarding paint color and the like, you need to assemble some of the necessary tools for the job. Here are some helpful tools you can use to streamline the process and get the job done quickly and easily:
- Safety glasses
- Water hose
- Washcloths, towels, or rags
- Drop cloths
- Rubber gloves
- Painters tape
- Latex primer (exterior)
- Latex paint (exterior)
- Paint roller
- Stool or ladder to help you reach higher
Once you have all the necessary materials gathered up, you’re ready to get started on making your garage door look great.
Choose the Best Day to Start the Job
The week before you plan to begin the job of painting your garage door, stay on top of the weather forecast. Painting is always easier to do in slightly cooler temperatures with little humidity. You also want to make sure the sun isn’t beating down on you so that you’re not sweating too much and overdoing it.
The ideal temperature for this job is anywhere in the range of 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, for most people. Depending on your own personal preferences, you could always wait until it was a bit cooler or a bit warmer.
Once you’ve chosen the day you’re going to get started on your project, get all of your materials together, and get ready to get to work!
Prep the Garage Door Before Painting
Before you can begin your paint job, you’re going to want to rid your garage door of any potential rust that could slow down your work, along with a nice sanding and thorough washing. This will ensure the garage door is clean and free of any impurities that could slow down your work.
With your gloves and goggles on, use a wire brush to begin removing rust or spots that are chipping away on the door. When you’re done with this step, you should use sandpaper to sand the garage door down and make it’s surface smooth. You can then wash it down with cleaning products and a clean sponge, then give it a nice spray down with your garden hose.
When you’re done removing rust, sanding it down, and washing it, dry it as well as you can with towels, washcloths, or rags, and then give it another hour or two to finish air-drying on its own. When this is done, you’re ready to move onto the next step.
1. Time For Coverings
You should ensure that anything that you don’t want to be painted is covered with something. Lay your drop cloths on the driveway as well your garage floor. If you plan to do any painting on the trim, make sure the garage’s edges are blocked off with painter’s tape.
2. Next Up, Primer
Use your primer to prepare the garage door for its paint job. Using a paintbrush or paint roller, apply a few coatings of primer to your garage door, lowering the door as you get higher up. When you need to get higher up than you can stand, utilize your stepping stool or ladder mentioned earlier.
When you’re finished priming, let it stand and dry for a period of at least 12 hours before you move onto the next step.
3. Now it’s Time for the Garage Door Paint
Now for the fun part: applying the paint to your garage door. Using your brush or roller, begin applying your exterior paint to the door just as you did with the primer. When you’re finished, examine it thoroughly to ensure there are no places where the original color is bleeding through, or that you didn’t leave any blotchy patches.
The biggest majority of the time, you should only need one coat of paint for your garage door. If, however, you’re choosing to paint it a color that is a little lighter than the original paint job, then you may find that it’ll take an extra coat or two to get the job done to your satisfaction.
If it looks good to you, then you’re good to go. If you think it needs an extra coat of paint, then you should let the first coat dry for 12 hours before starting the next one, just as you did with the primer. Once you’re happy with how it looks, you can sit back and relax for a while.
You earned it! Every time you pull up to your home or get ready to leave for the day, you can now see your newly repainted garage door and think to yourself, “That sure looks great.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Never painted your garage door before? This is a new concept to many people who may not think about giving their garage door a new sheen. If you have questions about the process, check out some of these common questions about garage door paint:
How much does it cost to paint a garage door?
Given that garage doors are often different sizes and their owners are looking to accomplish different things, you can’t pin down an exact estimate for painting your garage door if you choose to use professional painters instead of painting it yourself. Typically, though, you should expect to spend somewhere in the range of $200 to $500.
Why should I repaint my garage door?
Your garage door is a huge feature of the exterior of your home. Giving it a fresh coat of paint not only makes it look better aesthetically, but it can also raise the market value of your home and make it stick out from the rest of your neighborhood, which is great for curb appeal.
Is there a certain type of paint to choose a painting garage door?
No matter what type of paint you choose, you should make sure it is a high-quality one that will last for a while to come. While the choice is ultimately yours, acrylic latex paint designed for exterior usage is going to be the best bet for your garage door.
What steps can I follow to paint my pre-finished steel garage door in case I need the color to match my home’s color?
You must give your pre-finished steel garage door proper cleaning to get it ready but do not wax. Your preparation and painting of your pre-finished steel garage door should include the following:
- To make sure the paint doesn’t peel or flake, get rid of surface wax. Use a soapy water-saturated fine steel wool to scuff the surface lightly. Use only clean water to perform a final rinse to get rid of any loose contents and soapy film leftovers.
- Get rid of surface scratches which are yet to reveal the metal substrate by sanding or buffing lightly using #400 sandpapers or 0000 steel wool to smoothen the surface for painting. Avoid over buffing or sanding of the garage door in order to allow easy and quality adhesion of the paint to the door.
- Please make sure you don’t try to remove scratches from your steel door, as its surface contains a completely painted texture, which represents stucco, wooden grain, and so on, as the risk of exposing the substrate becomes extreme. Try and stick to drying time on primer as it can label before you apply a top-layer coat.
- Lightly sand any area that has revealed the substrate and uses high-quality metal primer, which is majorly designed to protect galvanized surfaces from getting rust. Try and stick to drying time on primer, as it can label before you apply a top-layer coat.
- Coat the garage door using quality latex paint after you’ve prepared the surface as explained in the steps above and leaving it to dry well. Stick to the paint label instructions.
- We do not recommend oil-based paint
- Understand that rusting of steel may be accelerated when you paint an exposed substrate using latex paint.
- You void the warranty on any pre-finished surface immediately you repaint finished painted steel.
Does painting garage wall worth it?
You will be exposed to toxic chemicals when you apply exterior paint on your garage’s interior walls that are always closed even after the paint is dry. You can get the durable interior and exterior hybrid paint for your garage wall, as it maintains its look during winter temperature than the regular interior paint.
Is priming necessary for my metal garage door before painting?
Rinse the door thoroughly and leave it to dry. You will then proceed to cover any windows and items by laying a drop cloth in the section you want to start painting. The primer application ensures the surface, and the finish remains smooth, and it also improves paint adhesion.
When does a garage door need a replacement?
Your inoperable garage door is already hazardous. Avoid a DIY approach to the repair and get a garage door dealer that has undergone professional training. One reason to fix your faulty garage door is to give your home its deserved curb look.
In order to get a return on your investment as stated by the Remodelling Cost against Value Report, replacement of garage door ranked second on remodeling projects. As stated by the report, garage door replacement will help return 84% of the cost during your home sale.
Finally, your current garage door may be looking tired, fading, and just demanding a replacement. If your existing garage door is made of wood and requires repainting, we recommend you replace it with a pre-painted steel garage door, as it is likely to be a better value.
The garage door’s weight increases when painted and may cause the spring to misbehave and the performance of the door and opener affected.
What are the reasons I would choose a steel garage door?
Steel garage doors offer energy efficiency, strength, the best value, and security. The advance manufacturing has caused the price of steel garage doors to be cheaper than other garage door types and is available in different designs and colors to improve your home’s look. Steel garage door from Amarr is pre-painted in a different color, giving homeowners satisfying protection with long-lasting warranties on the paint finish.
Standing Out From the Crowd
Most people don’t paint their garage doors very often, if at all. This means that when you give yours a fresh coat of paint, it’s going to look brand new and make your home stand out from the crowd. Not only will the neighbors and passersby notice the awesome new look of your garage door, but you’ll also feel happy every time you look at it, knowing it is a job you handled yourself, like a DIY ninja.
After all, what better feeling is there than that of a job well done?