An attractive garage door adds curb appeal to your home. If you are looking at yours and agreeing with yourself that it needs a coat or two of paint, the question may be whether you can do a good job yourself.
The same goes for your business. If your garage or overhead door has chips, is peeling or simply needs a fresh look, it's probably time for a makeover.
How do I paint my garage door?
You can paint a garage door yourself. The first step is gathering all the materials that you will need. You will need the paint, a brush, bucket and bucket grid, vinyl gloves, a ladder, extension pole, paint tray, paint can opener, a stick for stirring the paint, tape, rags and a roller cover and frame.
Start by pouring well-mixed paint into a bucket. Dip a good quality, wide nylon painting brush that is two to two and a half inches wide and start working at the top panel of the door. Start at the recessed corner and then paint around the perimeter. Keep going until you finish with the first panel and then work on the next ones and their recesses. Wipe off any paint that overlaps onto the stiles.
Next, work around the perimeter of the garage door in sections of two to three inches wide at a time. Work your way from the top corner and work along the walls, keeping the brush wet. Then, pour paint into a paint tray and roll the roller well in it. A roller of 3/8 to 3/4 inches works well. Paint around the perimeter of each panel with the roller.
Go to the frame of the door next. Using a brush, start working the inside frame from the top. Start at the corner and cover the whole door wiping away excess paint that gets onto the trim. Work outward from the edge.
Finish by working on the trim. Again , start at the uppermost corners and paint the side edge of the trim at the point it meets the wall. Work on all the edges, ensuring that the brush always has enough paint. Go back to the top of the door trim and paint the face of it. Keep working until you have painted all the door trim.
When is a good time to paint a garage door?
In terms of willpower, paint as soon as you can muster it. In terms of weather, it is when there is no direct sunlight with temperatures of 50º-90º F and moderate humidity.
If your door already has problems, such as mildew, cracks or dents, or is an old garage door with lead-based paint, consider bringing in the experts. Call Amarillo garage door company Willow Creek Overhead Door for expert advice and assistance.