Painting Tips for Your Wooden Garage Door

If your wooden garage door has a paint finish, it is just a matter of time before it will need to be repainted. Repainting a garage door might seem like an easy job, but not many DIYers achieve the smooth, uniform application that they so much desire. Before embarking on repainting your garage door, you will need to know how to go about the job properly. Here are some expert tips for you to follow.

Prepping the door

The surface of your garage door usually accumulates dust, dirt and other debris that may be blown or sloshed in the direction of the door. It may also be stained by oily, greasy or soiled hands over the course of everyday use. The first thing you will need to do is give your door a thorough clean to remove these elements. A quick and efficient way to clean the door is to spray wash it with a garden hose or pressure washer. Give it time to dry, and then scrub down its surface with fine grit sandpaper to rid of any grit and grime that could not be removed by the pressure of the water alone. Sanding also helps achieve a smooth surface necessary to ensure the paint adheres properly. Once you are done sanding the door, wipe it with a clean and dry cloth or rag.

Applying paint to the door

If you care about wet paint dripping on your garage flooring when you are painting, you should place rags under the door to catch any spills. As the exterior side of your door is normally exposed to weather elements, such as rain and sunshine, it would be prudent to check on the weather before mixing the paint and starting the painting work. Too much solar heat will cause the paint to dry too quickly, thus affecting the quality of finish. And, if it rains before the surface has completely dried, the paint will blister and not adhere evenly.

Once you have picked when the weather promises to be good, mix the paint, pick up your paint brush or roller, and start painting. You may need both applicators: the roller for the large, open surfaces of the door and the brush for the tighter spaces, like door frame corners. Work from top to bottom. This way, any paint that drips down can be evened once you reach the lower sections of the door. If you are going to apply multiple coats of paint, let each coat dry properly before the next application.