Posted by House &Condo Painters
As long as it goes up and down on command, it’s easy to ignore your garage door painting. If your garage door is looking faint or the current paint coat is damaged, consider refinishing it and extending its lifespan. As an added benefit, a newly painted garage can make the whole house look better. Here are 6 trips to give you some ideas before you start to paint your garage door:
- Weather: The ideal temperature for painting is between 50 and 75 degrees, with low humidity and indirect sunlight. Moreover, make sure to select paint and primer (to promote adhesion and durability) appropriate for your particular garage door. But remember, if you want to put a lighter color over a darker one, you may require more than one coat.
- Cleaning: 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.
- Preparation: Prepping the garage door ensures that paint will go on easily and hold up well. First of all, Use some professionals swear by specialty cleaning items, but if you don’t want to spend the extra money, just gives the door a hearty scrub with a soapy sponge. Secondly, put down drop cloths under the door and use painter’s tape to mark the boundaries of the area you intend to paint.
- Prime: Prime is the important part before we start painting, using the same method as for priming: bottom to top, starting with the inner panels and working outward to the stiles. Now, step back to survey your work: If the surface appears to be completely covered, you’re finished! If there are uneven patches or spots where the old color shows through, apply a second coat—just let the first one dry for at least 24 hours before starting. Once done, remove the tape and let paint dry overnight before opening the door.
- Painting: You can do the topcoat on your garage door painting after 24 hours drying time. Use the oil exterior paint for going over an oil-based primer, and use a large brush to cut down overall painting time. Let the first coat to dry it first, and we can keep going next step.
- Second Coat Painting: The first coat needs to be completely dry before you apply a second. You may find that some parts of the door look a little patchy or blotchy but a solid application of the second coat should cure that and even out the coverage for a uniform appearance.
If you need an exterior paint job and you’re looking for professional painting contractors in Toronto or need great painting ideas for your garage door or any exterior painting service.