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How to Repaint a Metal Garage Door

If your garage door has become faded or worn, or you just want to breathe some new life into it, you can cover it with a fresh coat of paint. Repainting a metal garage door is pretty easy to do, and it will only need about a day to dry.

Materials You’ll Need

  • Paint scraper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Coarse sandpaper
  • Dust sheet
  • Brush or roller
  • Metal primer
  • Metal paint

Painting a Garage Door Step-by-Step

1. Remove the old paint – Before proceeding, you’ll need to remove any old paint on the door. It will be flaky and peeling in many cases; making it impossible to give the door a smooth, fresh finish without scraping this paint off first. Use a paint scraper to remove the flakes and coarse sandpaper for any stubborn bits. If you have an older garage door that might have been painted with lead paint, be sure to check on the proper way to protect yourself and the environment from harm before you start.

2. Wash the door with soap – Make sure the door is free of residue before priming by removing grease and dirt with a strong soap. Try to work it into all areas, then let the door dry before continuing.

3. Apply painter’s tape – Use painter’s tape to make sure you protect the fixtures on your garage. The tape also makes it easy to keep paint off the trim and other areas.

4. Apply metal paint primer – Primer will even out the door’s surface and create a neutral canvas that won’t make an undertone that shifts the cover of the paint you chose.

5. Apply metal paint – Use a brush or roller to cover the door in an even coat of paint. It should dry after a day. If you aren’t satisfied with the color or coverage, it may need another coat of paint and another day to dry.

These steps are all that’s needed to give your garage door a new look. Changing the door color or freshening up the paint can make any garage or metal building look like new.

About the Author

Alan Bernau Jr. has helped more than 50,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages. If you need a custom carport, and you live in the eastern half of the United States, Alan’s Factory Outlet is here to help.

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