When your garage door is showing its age, it can drag down the appearance of the whole property. The good news is, you can enhance the look of the door with a quick coat of paint.
Get some tips on how to paint a roller door before you start to avoid any mishaps! These are the things you need to know:
Preparation is Key
Before you start, there are some essential preparation steps to follow to get the door ready, starting with a good cleaning.
- Grab yourself a cloth or a small brush and remove any dust on the garage door.
- Give the door a thorough clean with an all-purpose cleaner to remove dirt and grime.
- Rinse the door with clean water.
Once the door is clean, cover the handles and any trimmings with painter’s tape.
Remove old Paint and/or Rust
For the best results, remove any existing paint or rust from your garage door. You can either sand the paint off by hand, or use a sanding tool to speed up the removal. When you’re removing the paint, you can move the door up and down to make it easy to reach every spot.
Your Safety is Important
When preparing and painting garage roller doors, your safety should be a big consideration. Wear a dust mask and some goggles to protect yourself while you sand, prime and paint. Make sure any ladders are secure before you climb onto them, especially while using sanders and other power tools.
Product Choice is Important
To ensure a good paint job, you’ll need to choose the right primer and paint products for the material of your garage door. In most cases, a latex outdoor primer will be suitable, but check with the paint retailer before purchasing. A semi-gloss paint is the best option for painting garage doors, as it’s quite low-maintenance. Using a paint sprayer ensures a more even finish without leaving brush marks.
Paint in the Right Conditions
When it comes to repainting garage doors, the weather should be just right. Weather that is too hot or too cold can affect the paint job, so try to paint on a day that is warm and dry. Too hot and the door may expand, making it hard for the paint to adhere properly to the surface. A second coat of paint may be needed for even coverage, but be sure to allow time for the first coat to dry first.
Following these tips can help to ensure the best results if you’re repainting a garage roller door yourself. Good luck!