Whether you like it or not, a street-facing, overhead garage door takes over a home’s facade, forcing itself into the role of focal point. The front of a typical double garage often takes up a third of the typical ranch home’s face. For this reason, if you have a garage door that needs attention it shouts that your whole home needs attention. You may not be able to paint your home’s siding yourself, but anyone can paint a garage door. And a new-looking garage door goes a long way to boost your curb appeal. I’ve painted many garage doors. This time I stood back and took photos while my dear Mr. Lucky painted a client’s. Here is the step by step to help you do it yourself. There’s a right way and a wrong way to DIY a garage door repaint. The wrong way takes hours, makes a mess of splatters on the concrete, and leaves gaps of old paint color at the ends of the panels when the door is opened. Here is the right way. As with all DIY projects, having the right tools and supplies is the first step to getting good results with the least effort. So, gather these materials. Exterior paint A clean 1-gallon work bucket. 3-inch latex brush Stir stick Sanding sponge Old brush for dusting Rags Dropcloth Step stool 5-in-1 tool or paint can opener How Much Paint? The amount of paint you’ll need depends on a few factors. An aluminum door (most today are aluminum) will need less paint than a wooden door. If you are repainting the same color, you’ll need less paint than if you are drastically changing the color. And, of course, if the garage is a single, you’ll need less paint than a two car garage door needs. Whether you have glass panels in the door, or not, isn’t really a factor. So, unless you are painting a single car garage door the same color, I would suggest that you buy a gallon of paint rather than a quart. When you buy a gallon, it’s like getting a quart free because of the price break. You’re likely to find other uses for the paint. You might want to freshen your exterior trim if it is the same color, some shutters, a planter or window box, or some outdoor furniture. Painting an overhead garage door is a whole lot easier than painting a front door. But some of the same cautions apply: Choose a windless day that’s not too hot or too cold, and when you can work without distractions and interruptions. (Moms of young ones, take heart. In the time it takes a toddler to have his afternoon nap, you should be able to start and finish.) Ever notice that hanging pull on your garage ceiling? If you tug the red handle, you’ll disengage the electric opener. That’s what you want. Now you’re ready tomove the garage door up and down manually from outside. Inevitably, the garage door will have dust, dirt, cobwebs, and oxidized paint , so you’ll want toclean it. Easiest way is to take a sanding block to the entire door. Push the door up and down manually to quickly go over the whole surface.Pay attention to the gasket on the bottom edge so no dirt gets in your paint.Remember that you’re not painting an interior piece of fine furniture, so the surface doesn’t have to be perfect. Use an old paintbrush or a rag to get rid of dust and dirt stirred up my your sanding. Then place a large dropcloth under the partly raised the door to protect both the driveway and garage floor. Use your stir stick to stir the paint, even if it was shaken at the paint store. Pour only a quart into a clean work bucket, like an empty paint can. Wipe the lip of the original can, replace the lid tightly, and set it out of the way. Begin brushing the door at the bottom. Move the door up manually so you are not stooping over to paint. Do not paint the gasket on the bottom edge unless it was painted previously and needs a repaint. Paint just one lengthwise hinged panel at time. Paint the extreme ends of the panels as best you can. If you plan to paint the trim surrounding the door, you don’t have to be fussy about keeping paint off the trim. It’s easier to paint the extreme ends of the panels when they are at the very top of the door opening, as above. You’ll have to reach up or use the step stool to paint the them. When the panel you’ve finished is at the top of the opening, paint the edges of both the upper and lower panels, the “lips” where they meet. Since this area does not receive much direct sun or weather, it’s not necessary to go heavy with the paint, so do not load your brush. When you get to the top panel, make sure the drop cloth covers the ground before lowering the door. Use a step stool to stand on rather than stretching to reach the top panel. Check the entire door for runs, drips, and misses. Now’s the time to paint the trim around the door. This homeowner chose to have the siding, the trim and the overhead door all the same color. It’s a contemporary, no-nonsense look that is fine for modern homes. Next week we’ll spray her brick foundation white, and brush the siding grey. The finished door looks like new. Painting the door took about an hour. If your door needs two coats for good covereage, you could put on a second coat the same day if the first coat is thoroughly dry. Or just wait until the next good painting day. Would you refresh your own overhead garage door with paint? There are plenty of simple staging tricks and secrets that are even simpler than this in my home staging pdf. Put your home to work for you! For just $4.99 you can download my eBook, DIY Home Staging Tips to Sell Your Home Fast and for Top Dollar right now and begin making your home the one that real estate buyers want!
Your garage door is exposed to the elements. Over time, it can fade, chip and rust. Painting the garage door can make your whole garage look new again. It’s a cheap fix, and it doesn’t take much time. These tips from SheKnows will make the process easier, and ensure you get it done right the first time. Timing matters When deciding the date to paint your garage, choose wisely. In order for the paint to dry properly, you’ll need temperatures that aren’t too hot or too cold. You’ll also need a few days without rain, so pay attention to the weather forecast. Start early in the day, so you’ll have enough sunlight to get it all done in one day. Paint color trends for 2011 >> Prepare your surfaces This is probably the worst part, but you have to prepare your surfaces if you want your paint job to last. First, sand off any peeling paint. If you have metal doors, look for signs of rust, and sand that away as well. If any metal is exposed, you’ll need to cover it with a special primer to protect the metal from rusting. Painting tips for your home >> Clean You have to clean the door before you paint it. Use a power washer on a low setting, or just scrub it with a sponge soaked in detergent and water. Make sure to wash away all the dirt and grime, and pay special attention to the bottom, since this is where most of the gunk builds up. Let the door dry completely before you start to paint. 5 Paint trends to try >> Prep Make sure you prep everything the right way before you get started. It might seem like a pain, but those few extra steps at the beginning will save you a ton of work later. Tape all the edges around the door to keep your siding from getting painted. Also, lift the garage door up a bit and lay down plastic, a tarp or cardboard before you put the door back down. This will keep both the floor of your garage and the driveway from catching drips and spills. Paint trims: Home how-tos >> Prime If you’re making a drastic change in colors or if you’re starting with a dark color, you’re going to need a coat of primer. Make sure the primer you pick is meant for outdoor use, and that it’s suited for your surface. Paint Use a latex-based paint for your door. Paint in thin layers, and let each coat dry before you start the next coat. That shouldn’t be a problem since you’re painting such a large surface — by the time you finish the first coat, the side you started on should be dry. Use a roller for the bigger surfaces and a small brush for edges or any details. Wait at least 24 hours after you paint to open the garage door. More painting tips Hot paint color trends for 2011How to use a paint roller10 Ways to decorate with paint