Taking on a painting project can be a fun and exhilarating experience for everyone involved. It can be an enjoyable family trip to go to the store and choose what color of paint to use for the project, and it can be a wonderful bonding experience to paint alongside someone close to you. In order to get the most out of a large painting project such as painting your garage door, you need to make sure that you are as prepared as possible. After all, having something go wrong is never fun for anyone. Thankfully, painting a garage door is a relatively straightforward process. All you need to focus on is the preparation and the actual painting phase, and you will be set to begin your project.
Tips for Preparing the Garage Door
Unfortunately, you can’t simply take the paint and a paintbrush and begin painting if you want your garage door to look good. You have to make some preparations beforehand. For instance, if you tried to paint over flaking, dirty metal, the resulting paint job would be uneven. This is generally not the desired result. To counter this, you should make sure that you get the majority of flaking paint and dirt off your garage door by power washing it first. You should also think long and hard about whether or not you need a paint primer. Sometimes, paint primers can help. Other times, they are just time and money wasted.
If the paint on the garage door is not flaking, then you should be careful with the power washer. If you get too close to the garage door with it, you could end up tearing off the existing paint. This will create the same problem as earlier. As long as you are careful, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue though. Once the garage door is clean, you can break out the paint and paintbrushes.
Tips for Painting the Garage Door
Because garage doors can be large, and depending on when you choose to paint, it can be uncomfortably hot outside, so it is important that you take the painting one step at a time. If your garage door is separated into squares, you should focus on painting the squares one at a time. Not only will this make the entire process easier, but it will also help the paint look smoother when the project is finished. It will also help you to know which squares need a second coat of paint, when it comes time for that.
As for the paint itself, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, always choose a paint that is known for being able to stand up to weather elements. This will ensure that the paint stays looking good, no matter what the weather outside is. If you want the door to look good, you can choose a satin finish. This isn’t too shiny, like gloss and semi-gloss, but it also isn’t completely dull like matte. It is a smooth in-between texture that will give your garage door a flattering appearance by the time the paint has dried completely. And finally, check the weather. Nobody wants to be painting in the rain or during a heatwave!