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How to paint a garage door

How to paint a garage door

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Date: 12/08/2015

Many people are guilty of focusing on the most frequently used areas of the home, such as the entrance door, but neglecting the areas that they access less often.

This is not always a conscious decision but something that still has a negative effect on the overall visual aspect of your home.

Of course, time is precious - never more so than in this day and age - so we have created a list of the top 5 tips to help paint your garage door in the most efficient way.

1. Weather you do or weather you don’t

Although British weather is incredibly hard to predict, you need to do your best to ensure you choose the right time. Painting when the heat is too severe is a bad idea as the sun attracts a whole manner of flies and insects, which can get stuck in the paint and subtract from the quality of your paintwork. Also, if it is too cold then painting on an icy surface becomes problematic as when the ice melts, your paintwork tends to drip. A similar issue arises when rain hits wet paint, so give yourself the best starting point by beginning early on a regular dry day.

2. The cleaner the better

It is really important to ensure any flaking paint is properly removed as the surface needs to be as smooth as possible for a top quality finish. Sand it down and give it a really good clean as any grime will prevent the paint from sticking and lead to an uneven finish.

3. Tape off surrounding areas

If you don’t want paint on it, cover it. Place old covers down on the floor to avoid blotches of paint hardening on the concrete and ensure that you tape the surrounding areas and brickwork to achieve clean lines when painting the garage door.

4. Put yourself in prime position

It is always recommended to use primer under the layer of paint that you intend to finish your door with. Failing to do this may allow the colour that is underneath to seep through, making your new coat look grubby or dirty. Avoid the amateur look and make sure you start with the best foundations. To make things a little easier, some paints have primer mixed in.

5. Roll with it

For a flatter, smoother finish, use a roller instead of a paint brush as it avoids the issue of visible brush strokes. Small brushes are always better for painting edges and corners but a roller makes the process easier for low-to-intermediate skilled painters. Dark colours should be fine with one coat but lighter colours often need a second coat when dry to enhance their full colour.