How to Paint Metal Garage Doors

How to Paint Metal Garage Doors

Thinking about upgrading the look of your metal garage door with a new paint job to enhance its curb appeal? If that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place! This blog post will dive into the top paint colors for metal doors, provide a list of necessary tools to get the job done right, and share tips to make sure your project is a success.

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Remove the old paint

Before you can start applying your new paint, you first need to remove the old paint from your garage door. Failing to do so will result in a paint job that never fully dries and will require you to start from scratch.

To remove the old coat of paint, use a wire brush attachment on your power drill as well as a shop vacuum to suck up debris as it comes loose. Be careful not to gouge or scrape into any metal areas too hard with either tool since this may result in some damage that needs repairing down the road.

Also, be sure to keep a bucket filled with water nearby so you can periodically dip your tools into it during these first few steps of preparation.

Once all the old chipped-away layers have been removed, take two separate buckets of warm water and mix them together using one part bleach for every 100 parts water inside both containers combined. This will ensure any small pieces of metal that may have been left behind are removed.

Clean the garage door

Once you’re sure all metal scraps or layer has been removing, it’s time to clean your garage door to ensure the best paint adhesion.

You can do this by filling a spray bottle with either soapy water or degreasing cleaner and spraying the solution onto your garage door in small, circular motions.

Let it sit for about five minutes before wiping away using paper towels to ensure no residue is left over that could interfere with painting later on.

Make sure you wear safety goggles when doing any type of cleaning after removing old paint since debris may have accumulated along its edges which could result in an eye injury if not covered properly during work hours! Choose colors wisely

Protect surrounding fixtures

After you’ve finished prepping the metal garage door area, it’s time to choose a paint color! For best results, we recommend using a semi-gloss or satin finish since these will provide a nice “shiny” look that is both durable and easy to clean.

Also, be sure not to use any flat colors on your new paint job, as this could result in an unsightly appearance over time due to traipsing dirt becoming stuck easily throughout each individual coat of primer and paint. Prepare for application

If you opt for certain colors such as blue, green, or red, then you will need to use a metallic spray paint rather than a standard emulsion.

Apply a coat of metal primer

Before you can apply your paint, you first need to ensure that the metal primer is applied evenly across your garage door.

To do this, you can either choose to use spray paint or a roll-on brush for best results since each type of tool has its own benefits depending on how much time and effort you are willing to invest into painting over the next few days.

A metal primer will ensure that all rust and corrosion is removed from your garage door without the need to sand down every crevice of metal.

This will ensure that each coat of paint you apply later on lasts longer and looks better than if this step was skipped over entirely!

Apply the first coat of paint

Once your primer is in place, you can start applying your chosen paint color.

To make sure the painting goes smoothly and without any issues, we recommend using a roller to evenly distribute each coat of paint across every square inch of metal on your garage door for best results.

If preferred, you can also opt to use an airless spray gun which will apply even coats much faster than if done by hand but at a higher cost since these types of tools are more expensive initially before buying into this type of solution.

If you feel like your garage door still needs a coat of paint, you can always take your roller and apply another coat of the same color to ensure no spots are left behind due to poor coverage.

Let It Dry

After painting, be sure to let it dry for at least 24 hours before touching or applying any type of sealant or a clear topcoat. If necessary, use a heat gun to speed up drying time so there isn’t an excess amount of downtime during work hours which could result in other tasks being pushed off until another day due to busy schedules.

Once your paint has completely dried, it’s time to apply a sealant or clear topcoat! These types of coats will make sure the paint job lasts much longer and offers more excellent protection from corrosion, chipping, rusting, etc.

If you’ve opted for a metallic color such as silver or gold, then we recommend using an acrylic-based product instead since these are less likely.

Wrapping It Up

Whether you have a metal garage door or not, this post is for anyone who wants to learn more about the painting process. We hope it’s been helpful and informative! If you need help with your own project but don’t know where to start, give us a call.

Our team of experts are ready and waiting to partner with you on all aspects of your commercial property maintenance needs–including expertly applying paint onto any type of metal surface!

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