Painting a garage door is an easier project than you might imagine, but there are a few things to take into consideration before getting started. The tips below can help you choose the right paint and avoid some common mistakes that people make when they decide to paint their garage door. Here's what you need to know.
1. Darker Colors Absorb Heat
Is your garage hot in the summer? Uncomfortably hot? Many things contribute to an uncomfortable garage temperature throughout the year, including its color.
Painting your garage door a darker color can contribute to the heat buildup in your garage during the warmer times of the year. If you don't like your garage being too hot in summer, paint your door a lighter color. You should also make a mental note to replace your garage door with a model that's well insulated, like an Overhead Door Company Thermacore model. Contact your garage door installer about this problem.
2. Use the Correct Paint
To paint an aluminum or steel garage door, use high-quality latex exterior house paint. Quality is important because you'll need something ultra-durable to adhere to the metal, which can shift as temperatures heat up and cool off. Is the door made of wood? Don't forget to sand and prime it first. Use exterior-grade paint, including exterior primer. Learn more about the priming and prep process here.
3. Read the Instructions
The paint manufacturer will provide instructions for the painting process, including which outdoor temperatures are safe for painting, and how long the paint must be left to cure. Follow the instructions carefully to ensure that the paint will form a lasting bond with the garage door.
4. Hire a Professional to Paint Your Garage Door
While it's definitely possible to paint your garage door as a DIY project, hiring a painter makes this project easier, faster, and more successful. A professional painter may use specialized tools to get a smooth finish, which can lead to a more durable final product. If you're considering painting your garage door on your own, get a quote from a professional painter before starting this project. It may be even cheaper than you realize.
Know When to Replace Your Garage Door
Are you painting your garage door because it is old and cosmetically in bad shape? It may be time for a replacement rather than repainting. If this is the case, contact Overhead Door Company of Oklahoma City. Call today to make an appointment for a consultation and find out more about replacing your old garage door today.