How Do You Paint the Garage Door?

A damaged, worn-out or rusty garage door can affect the appearance of the entire house. The garage door could make up to 50 % of the appearance of a house’s street view. Even if it’s in good shape, the garage door may require some TLC.

This can take for example a lavish artwork, a striking new color, or simply an update of the color already present. It’s an affordable and easy way to get garage doors and eventually your home back to life and increase the appearance of your property. However, it requires time, planning and effort.


Like other projects for outdoor painting, you’ll need to ensure that the weather is cooperating. The ideal conditions outdoors to paint are those where you are able to work in direct sunlight at temperatures ranging from 50°-90° F and with moderate humidity.

The sun’s intense heat and the hot weather can cause painting to dry out too fast leaving streaks. However, the elements like wind, rain, or other stormy conditions aren’t good for you also. Rain can wash away all the hard-earned work (and put it down on the driveway if you don’t have drop cloths) and the wind will continuously throw up debris and dust and stick to the fresh paint.

If you have to work in extremely hot, humid conditions, make sure you extend the drying time by two times on the first coat prior to applying your second one. By doing this, you can avoid peeling paint which is a result of the accumulation of moisture beneath one coat. Therefore, painting your garage door is only the Fall and Spring type of project.

Prepare and Proceed

Be sure to have everything you require for painting. This involves using painters’ tape around windows or taking off hardware (if it is possible) which you don’t want paint to touch. Placing down drop cloths can ensure the safety of your garage driveway and flooring.

Then, but not last, be sure to have sufficient primer in order to finish at least one coat. Making a stop halfway through the process to buy another gallon of paint could make the door appear streaky. When purchasing painting, inquire with the seller what type of coverage they can provide.

In terms of supplies, paint tray brushes, liners and rollers are the most obvious choices. If the garage door panels aren’t fitted with recesses and a roller isn’t needed, it can complete the majority of the work. However, any form of crevices, ridges or other indentations might require brushes.

If you purchase paint, the retailer will give it an adequate shake to ensure that all the pigments are completely mixed. White paint too needs to shake before using. If you intend to paint in the next few days, that’s enough.

In addition, you’ll need you to provide the paint with a thorough stir prior to using. There are accessories to the power drill that allow you to mix the paint prior to use. It is not necessary shake primer before use and mix it, but it’s not bad for you to mix it up a quick mix.

The next step is an issue of pouring the paint onto an appropriate tray to use as a roller or pouring the brush in the paint gallon. A lot of ladders come with shelves where you can put the can on when you reach the roof of your garage door.


Begin by painting the top portion of the door to your garage, paint the buried area. Be sure to paint the buried areas starting at the corner and working your way along the perimeter to ensure that the panel is finished. Repeat this procedure until each recess and panel is completed. Clean up any paint that may have run across the stiles.


Utilizing an appropriate brush, you can paint the entire perimeter of your garage door. Painting a 2″- 3″ wide section, starting at the top of the corner, and then continuing through the walls. Then, pour the paint into your tray and load your roller to paint your next area. Use a 3/8 ” – 3/4 ” roller cover for best results. Paint the entire edges of each panel and continue till the door to your garage is finished.

Frame & Trim

Again, using the brush, paint the interior doors’ frame, starting from the bottom of the frame, and moving down to the point where the frame becomes finished. Remove any paint that is left behind off of the frame. Start with the upper corner of the door and paint the sides to the point where it touches the wall. Paint the corners until your trim is completed.

Nothing smudges the aesthetics of your house more than an old and worn-out paint job. When you paint with fresh, new paint, you will improve the look of not only your garage, but also your property. Make sure you paint in the appropriate weather conditions and be sure to adhere to the painting procedure above to ensure that your finish lasts for a long time.

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