If you’ve recently changed the exterior color of your home, you may be wondering if it’s possible to update the color on your garage door. Or, if your garage door is old, you might be wondering if there is a way to give it an update, without needing to replace the door itself.
If this sounds like you—read on.
Before you pull out your paint brushes…
First, you should know that you can’t buy an oil-based (alkyd) paint in a big-box chain store, and, since there are laws which prohibit lead-based paints from being sold, you’ll need to purchase a water-based (latex) paint to get the job done.
Any well-known paint brand should suffice.
You’ll also need to purchase the correct tools. This will include things like a good synthetic paint brush, a roller, a paint tray, a few painting cloths and, if your garage door has windows, you’ll want to buy some masking tape or painters tape, so you won’t need to worry about getting paint all over the glass.
How much paint will I need?
The simple answer to this question relates to the size of your garage door. If you have a double garage door, most experts agree you’ll need to buy a full gallon. You may also need to purchase some primer, which you’ll use in advance of applying the paint.
It’s also worth mentioning that if your garage door gets a lot of direct sunlight, you’ll likely want to steer clear of darker colors, since dark colors tend to attract UV rays. Not only can this cause the paint to fade, it can also cause the metal to warp. Just say no to dark colors.
Can I hire a specialist?
Yes. If you’re not comfortable trying to paint your garage door on your own, or if you’re worried that you won’t be able to do the job properly, there are licensed, trained professionals that can help. One of the benefits of hiring a professional is that they have experience with this type of job and they will be able to advise you on the types / brands of paint that will work well (along with the types/ brands of paint that won’t.) A professional is also likely to get the job done faster, since this is something they do on a regular basis.
Keep in mind
Lastly, there are types of garage doors that will do much better with a fresh coat of paint than others. If you’re going to invest in the job, you’ll want to make sure it’s going to last.
If you have questions about whether your garage door can be painted or if you’d like more information on how to upgrade the appearance of your garage door, call Above the Rest Garage Door Repair today to speak with a licensed professional in your area.