Garage doors are an important part of any home’s exterior. Not only do they provide a secure entrance and exit, but they can also be a great way to add a bit of personality to your home’s appearance. Painting your garage door is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to spruce up your home’s curb appeal. If you’re considering painting your garage door, then keep reading for all the information you need to know!
What Color Should I Paint My Garage Door?
Choosing a color to paint your garage door could be challenging, but I suggest getting inspiration from other homes before you start. Then it is important to get several samples to look at against your home and garage door at different times of the day to experience the different lighting.
A majority of people choose to go with the trim color or the color of their home. This keeps the home looking uniform and gives the home a seamless, more traditional look. Others choose to go completely different and paint the garage door stand-out paint color to make the home look unique. This paint color could match the front door or just be entirely different from the other exterior paint colors.
Do I Need to Use a Certain Kind of Paint?
Buying the wrong type of paint is one mistake many people make when painting a garage door. It is important to read the label before purchasing and using the paint. The label should indicate that it is exterior paint and is also for the material of your garage door, which could be either vinyl, aluminum, or wood.
Another option is to use a gel stain on your garage door. This is painted on as well but is considered a stain instead of paint. It is similar to paint because it is applied to the surface. We used black gel stain on our detached garage on our farmhouse to add a pop of contrast. It was an easy application. There are even techniques for using gel stain to create a wood grain appearance, which is a cost-effective alternative to wood garage doors.
Preparation for Garage Door Painting
Once you have gathered all your supplies, it is time to prep the door for painting. Start by removing any hardware from the door, such as handles or locks. Then use the sandpaper to lightly scuff up the entire surface – this will help ensure better adhesion of the new paint. Wipe down any dust with a damp cloth before moving on to taping off any areas that should not be painted, such as trim or windowsills. Lay down tarps or drop cloths around the area before you begin painting so that any messes are easy to clean up when you are finished.
How to Paint a Garage Door
Now it is time for the fun part. Let’s get started painting! Make sure that all surfaces are completely dry before starting. Start by using either a brush or roller (depending on what type of surface you are working with) and apply even strokes in one direction along each panel until it is fully coated with paint. If you want, another option would be to use a paint sprayer.
Allow each coat of paint to dry completely before applying another coat. The amount of drying time between each coat will depend on the temperature and type of paint you are using. Once all coats are applied, it is time for the final details. Remove the painter’s tape from the edges and clean up any messes with water and soap before replacing the hardware back onto the door if desired.