Is your garage door all scratched up? A well designed and well maintained garage door adds fiscal and esthetic appeal to a home, and one that is all scratched up has the opposite effect.
It's very easy to scratch your garage door. Just gently backing or running into can cause damage. The good news is that you can do a neat job of covering scratches yourself.
Can I fix dents in my garage door?
Steel doors don't hide dents and scratches very well. The good news is that it is possible to do a nice job of covering up both. Start by scrubbing off the dented spot with a cloth dipped in mild detergent, then rinse and let the area dry completely. Sand the dent lightly using 80-grit sandpaper so that the patching compound bonds. Wipe clean and then fill the dent by pressing patching compound into it using a small putty knife. Smooth it out and feather out the edges like you would do if your spreading drywall.
When the filler dries, sand the area flat with a 120-grit sandpaper wrapped around a flat block. Finish with a 150-grit sandpaper to completely smooth out the the edges of the filler.
You can then go on and paint the garage door with paint that is similar to the one on the door. It is important to use the same type and shade of paint that was originally used on the door. This information should be on your manual or you can get the information from your garage door supplier or installer.
How can I cover up scratches on a wooden garage door?
Wooden garage doors need to be treated differently from steel doors. If the door has minor dents, you can repair them yourself before painting the door. Fill the dents using a caulking compound that can be painted over. Do not use silicone caulk as it cannot be painted over.
If your wooden garage door is made of plywood and hardwood panel doors, all four sides of the door need to be caulked. If your door is made of redwood, cedar or hemlock panels with wood grain that runs horizontally, caulking will be needed on the left, right and bottom. If the wood grain runs vertically, caulking should be done at the top and bottom of the panels.
After caulking, use a stiff brush to remove to remove dirt from the spot. You then need to use a primer before applying the finish paint. Some wooden doors are primed and others are not. Those with priming have a light-green finish. If the door is primed already, you can skip the primer. If it is not, apply primer using a high quality latex or oil-based exterior primer following the instructions on it.
When the primer is dry if you used it, finish the job with an exterior paint that is also latex or oil based. It is important that the finish coat base is the same as the primer coat base. Both the primer and the paint should be oil based or latex based. A second coat will give you a perfect finish.
Do I need a professional to repair my garage door?
There are many garage door repairs you can do your self. However, there are many that require a professional. If you have a question about a repair to your garage door, call on the experts at Willow Creek Overhead Door. This garage door company in Amarillo has years of experience, is professional, timely and offers outstanding customer service. Contact owner Tony Hall today for a free estimate.