Painting Garage Doors
Because garage doors are subject to rain,
snow, water spills down the doors front, and splashes up from
the driveway in front of the doors, the paint fades or peals
very easily. Wood doors are especially susceptible to this type
of water damage more than metal doors. Unfortunately painting
garage doors is required more often than the rest of the house
to keep them looking attractive. Paint garage doors correctly
will reduce the need for frequent painting. If the doors are
constructed of steel or they are aluminum garage doors, they
will withstand water abuse much better than wooden doors. If you
ignore repainting wooden doors for too long you may have to
replace one or more of the panels. To help you keep your garage
doors looking like new the following painting tips are offered.
If your garage door has transom windows above
the doors rather than garage door windows in the door panels it
is most likely that you will have a continuous paint peeling
problem with the outside window sill of the transom from water.
The water then runs down the garage wall or drips on to the
transom sill before running off the edge. The water and the hot
sun on the sill will cause the paint to peal leaving an
unsightly sight above your garage doors. The best remedy for
this is to install a piece of vinyl or aluminum drip edge on the
sill. This will prevent the paint peeling and you will never
have to paint the sill again.
The paint peeling of wooden garage doors is
problematic. Before painting the doors the old peeling paint
must be completely removed and the door panel sanded before
repainting. I recommend that before repainting that the area be
sealed with a good quality shellac primer. The shellac primer is
an oil based primer that dries much harder than water base
primer. After priming apply at least two coats of external
enamel paint rather than water based latex paint. The enamel
paint is a much harder paint than a latex paint and will
withstand moisture much longer.
Repainting aluminum garage doors is quite
easy. Simply wash the door and wipe it down with a paint solvent
to remove any tarnished paint or stains from the surface. If
parent or bare metal is exposed it must be primed with a metal
primer such as an automotive primer before finish painting.
Apply two coats of external enamel paint to the door or door
panel. Usually aluminum doors take paint very well.
Because garage doors are usually on the front
of the house they become a focal point for the home. For your
home to look great the garage doors must look great. Painting
garage doors and keeping up with their routine maintenance is an
easy project for the DIY homeowner.
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