How to paint a garage door

Your garage door is a HUGE part of the overall appearance of your home.

Has your homes garage door lost it’s luster?

Garage Door Painting-Before and After-Viera FL

Is my garage door paintable?

It’s a common question among homeowners that have a weathered, rusted, chalky, faded or dusty garage door that’s in need of a facelift or even just a color change that can give your home a different vibe and better curb appeal .
Whether you’re thinking about just repainting it or looking to paint the entire exterior of your home. I would recommend hiring a professional painting contractor.
But painting a garage door is doable for the advanced DIY’er.

I give this project a difficulty rating of 7 out of 10.

You can get by with just using a brush and roller to paint most garage doors. But with these you will be left with some sort of stippling (a light texture or brush strokes). That’s why I prefer to use an airless sprayer to apply the primers and paint. It it will leave your garage door with a beautiful factory finish like it had when it was brand new.

I’ve painted hundreds of garage doors here in the Brevard County, Fl area. Which means I have been perfecting the most efficient techniques and the tried and true best primers that ensure proper adhesion and the right exterior paints to use on metal and wood garage doors for over 20 years.

Here’s some of the basic bullet points for properly painting your garage door.

Materials and tools needed to prep, prime and paint your garage door:
  • Masking paper- 12″ to 16″
  • 3M paper machine (optional)
  • Masking tape 1.5″ and 3/4″ for paper machine
  • .31 mil light plastic (optional)
  • 5 in 1 tool or putty knife
  • Drop cloths
  • Rags
  • Paintable caulk
  • 1.5 gallons Acrylic Latex Multi surface sealer/primer
  • 2 gallons of a high quality (satin or semi gloss) Acrylic Latex exterior paint
  • Roller frame with a 3/8″ nap and at least a 3′ paint pole
  • 1 Purdy or Wooster 4″ to 6″ brush
  • Or if you can get your hands on a paint sprayer? I use a Graco 695 paint sprayer .311 Spray tip for paint gun

Steps for applying primer/sealer and paint

Step 1) Pressure wash all of the exterior surfaces of the garage door to be painted.

*Tip-Trick- You’re going need to use a good environmentally friendly cleaner or detergent like Simple Green or a similar product. But bleach and water will do as well.

Step 2) Prep the surface and area around the garage door to be painted. Cover anything you don’t want painted.

*Tip-Trick- Raise the garage door halfway up and put masking tape on the bottom rubber seal of the door, Next place drop cloths half in and half out of where the garage door sits on the ground when in the closed position.

Step 3) After the garage door is completely dry, check it for any rusted areas.

Tip-Trick- If you have some rust, take 80 grit sandpaper and sand down any rust spots and and after sanding the surface wipe with a damp cloth.
Purchase a can of rust inhibitor which primes the area and actually turns rust back into metal.

Step 4) I prefer to use my airless paint sprayer to prime the garage door with a – Multi Surface tinted Primer/Sealer (a brush or roller will work as well).

Tip-Trick- After priming and after each coat of paint take your 5 in one tool or putty knife and carefully slide it under one of the three rubber seals on both sides and at the top of the garage door and go around the perimeter of the garage door keeping the tool under the rubber seals. This keeps paint from building up and bonding the three rubber seals to the garage door.

Step 5) After the primer dries, I will then caulk any wood trim joints that are cracking or opened up around the garage door before painting the first coat

Tip-Trick- Try and keep the hole small when cutting the tub of caulk And cut it at a slight angle.
Have a wet sponge or rag handy while caulking to keep your finger clean.

Step 6) Lastly, I spray two coats of a high quality (satin or semi gloss) exterior paint for a long lasting and durable finish.

Tips-Tricks- Spray the first coat going horizontally (side to side) and apply the second coat of paint vertically (up and down). This keeps the the paint from building up in the same areas and also makes for better adhesion of the garage door paint.

Check this out:
I just finished up an exterior house repaint where we also painted the metal garage door because the paint was chalky and chipping. Most homes exteriors have been painted a few times over the years. But a lot of times the garage door is left out of the painting process. I’m sure you know the ones in your neighborhood…

Here some photo’s and video clips of the garage door painting process:

Before Photo:

Garage Door Painting- Before Photo

Garage Door Painting- Before Photo

After pressure washing it was time to Spray on Primer/Sealer:

Garage Door Spraying Primer/Sealer

Garage Door Spraying Primer/Sealer

Here’s a video of the primer/sealer being applied with an airless:
In this video clip you will see my technique on using a paint sprayer to to seal/prime a garage door, vinyl soffits, gutters and stucco. First thing is clean all surfaces to be painted (I used a pressure washer on this project) Next you’ll need to cover everything that you don’t want to get painted with either drop clothes, lightweight plastic or masking paper and tape.

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Applying the first coat of paint:

Garage Door Painting-First Coat

Garage Door Painting-First Coat

In this clip I’ll show you how to apply the first coat of a tinted high quality exterior satin paint with an airless sprayer to the garage door and stucco walls:

Applying the second coat of paint:

Garage Door Painting- Second Coat

Garage Door Painting- Second Coat

In this last video clip, I will show you how to apply the second and final coat of exterior satin paint going in vertical motions this time with my airless sprayer:

Garage door transformed back to a beautiful factory finish!

Garage Door Painted-Two Coats

Garage Door Painted-Two Coats

In conclusion. If your garage door happens to sit at the front of your home, then painting it should be at the top of your honey-do list. As you can see that are a lot of steps that go into a painting project like this. I would recommend getting a local professional painting contractor in your area who knows the best paint products suited for your climate. But, if you’re an advanced DIY’er or handyman and you’re up for a challenge. Then have fun with it and Happy Painting!

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Merritt Island FL | Exterior House Painting Project by: Peck Painting

After digging out 4″ to 6″ around the perimeter and pressure washing this Merritt Island home we repaired all of the damaged stucco from the back patio screen room being removed and all of the staircase stucco cracks. We cover and protected plants, sidewalks, windows, pavers and any exterior lighting fixtures. Then apply a tinted primer to ensure good adhesion, caulk all of the windows and apply two coats of Richards Signature Series Exterior Paint-(satin). We also spray painted the garage doors for a new factory finish look.

Once all of the painting was completed we backfilled around the perimeter and did one last walk through with homeowner’s to make sure they were completely satisfied.

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Outstanding estimates, outstanding work. Never a doubt as to the quality of the product. Paul inspects the job much more thoroughly than me. Yes, I recommend Peck Drywall and Painting to anyone who asks.

Don C.Merritt Island, Fl

Here’s a few Before and After photos of this Merritt Island exterior painting project:

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Exterior Painting Stucco- Before Photo

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Exterior Painting- Front- Before Photo

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Exterior Painting- Front- After Photo

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Exterior Painting- Back- Before Photo

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Exterior Painting- Side- Before Photo

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Stucco repair I did last week in Cocoa,FL on an exterior repaint

Here’s a couple before and after photos of a stucco repair I did last week in Cocoa, Fl on an exterior repaint I was doing.

Water had got behind that decorative stucco piece and rusted out the wire lathe.
Which ultimately caused the stucco to fail in that area.

Buckeled and Cracking Stucco

Cracked Stucco Before Repair

We cut out the damaged stucco and installed new lathe

Base coated

Skimmed and textured the stucco repair to match the exsisting texture

We spot primed the newly stuccoed repair with a high alkyd primer

Next we primed and painted the entire exterior of this Cocoa home with two coats of Richards Exterior Paint.

Before Stucco Repair and Exterior Painting Photo

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After Stucco Repair and Exterior Painting Photo

After Stucco Repair and Exterior Painting Photo:

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Indian Harbour Beach, FL | Exterior Painting Project By:Peck Painting

After we pressure washed this Indian Harbour Beach home, we repaired all of the stucco cracks and applied a clear sealer to all painted surfaces (due to chalkyness and also to assure good adhesion of the top coat) of the home. Then we recaulked all windows and applied three colors and two coats of Richards Signature Series satin exterior paint to the stucco walls, bands, columns, garage doors and all exterior doors.

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Please feel free to call or Email us for more information about our Interior and Exterior Painting services!

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State License # RX11066969

Please give us a call for a prompt and accurate quote when you’re ready to paint your home!

South: 321-777-9337

Central: 321-453-6233

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Peck Painting cares about you and the environment!

Proper surface preparation and application processes help lengthen the life span of coatings, thereby reducing the frequency of repaint related emissions and waste is our goal. “Green” is not just a color. It’s the ongoing initiative that describes our commitment to using environmentally preferable solutions whenever possible.

Often, people worry about a coating’s performance being compromised to satisfy green requirements, but our green solutions won’t compromise durability. We also offer a full line of interior low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints for occupied and public areas.