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How To Paint Your Garage Door To Look Like New In 10 Easy Steps

Your garage door is one of the first things people see when they pull up to your house. It might be time for a makeover if it’s looking a little worse for wear!

No need to spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on a new garage door when you can complete a simple home improvement project over the weekend.

Since your garage door takes up so much of your home’s exterior, repainting your garage door can improve your home’s curb appeal and give your home a fresh new look.

This blog post will show you how to paint your garage door, so it looks new again. You should be able to paint a two-car garage door in an afternoon once you have the supplies you need and know the steps to paint your garage door properly.

Painting your garage door is a relatively straightforward process, and with the proper instructions, you can do it yourself in just a few hours. So gather your supplies, and let’s get started!

How To Prep & Paint A Garage Door

Over time, garage doors can start to show their age. If your garage door is looking a little worse for wear, a fresh coat of paint can help to give it a new lease on life.

However, before you start painting, there are a few things you need to do to prep the door for painting.

1. Sand The Garage Door (If Needed)

If your garage door is made of wood, you will need to sand it down before starting painting. This will help to create a surface for the paint to adhere to. You typically only need to sand and scrape the garage door if you have any chipping paint on the door.

I recommend using sandpaper to get into nooks and crannies around the door but use an electric sander to sand down larger areas since this process can be time-consuming. You may also need to use a scraper to remove flaking old paint from a wooden garage door before painting.

Be sure to only scrape and sand areas that require it since this process can harm the garage door materials if done unnecessarily. If you paint a vinyl or metal garage door, you will want to read the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you don’t damage the material during this process.

Once the garage door has all loose and chipping paint removed from it, you will be ready to wash the garage door.

2. Wash Your Garage Door

You will want to wash your garage door with a mild detergent and water solution after brushing it off and finishing sanding it. This will help remove any dirt or grime built up on the garage door over time.

Removing this dirt and dust will help the paint adhere to the garage door better, so it will have a professional look and last for years to come.

After you have washed the garage door, you will need to rinse it off with a garden hose to remove any residue left from the detergent. Once the garage door is dry, you can start painting!

3. Use Painter’s Tape Around The Trim

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If your garage door has any trim around it, you will want to use painter’s tape to protect it from paint. You don’t want to get paint on the trim accidentally!

Apply the painter’s tape around the edges of the trim, and then remove it when you are finished painting.

You may also want to lay some painter’s tape on the handles or other ornamental items on the garage door to protect them from the paint as you move forward with painting your garage door.

4. Lay A Drop Cloth On The Floor

You will also want to lay a drop cloth on the floor before you start painting. This will help to protect your garage floor from paint drips and spills.

Now that you have prepped your garage door for painting, it’s time to get started! In the next section, we will show you how to paint your garage door, so it looks new!

5. Add A Thin Layer Of Primer To The Garage Door

The first step is to add a thin layer of exterior primer to the garage door. This will help the paint adhere to the garage door and improve the durability of the paint to help protect your door. It’s essential if you are painting on bare wood or metal since paint without the primer will flake and peel off of these materials.

It’s important to note that you won’t need to add a layer of primer to the door if you are using exterior paint that has primer mixed into it. In this case, you can move on to painting the garage door without first prime the surfaces.

Be sure to follow the instructions on the primer can for the best results. Once you have applied a thin layer of primer, you will need to let it dry completely before moving on to painting your garage door.

6. Paint The Recesses Of The Door With A Brush

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The next step is to paint the recesses of your garage door with a brush. This includes any areas where there are panels on the garage door and any other hard-to-reach places.

An important thing to remember when choosing paint for your garage door painting project is to choose an exterior paint that is satin or semi-gloss sheen.

The best choice, in my opinion, is semi-gloss or satin finishes because they provide an easily cleanable surface with just enough reflection that can camouflage inevitable imperfections like dents from tennis balls or other items hitting it from regular work or play. 

You will want to use a small brush to get into all of the nooks and crannies of the garage door. Be sure to use even strokes, and don’t forget to paint the underside of the garage door!

Be sure to lightly feather any brush strokes out of the recesses to ensure a smooth coat. You can paint each recess with a brush before painting the larger surfaces on the door.

Since you are trying to paint the recesses and larger surfaces of the door simultaneously, you will need to keep up the pace to avoid brush marks or roller marks.

7. Roll The Larger Surfaces Of The Door

After you have painted the recesses of the garage door, you can start rolling the larger surfaces with a paint roller. You will want to use a roller with an extension handle, so you don’t have to keep moving your ladder as you paint.

Be sure to roll in one direction and then back brush or feather out any areas where the paint is too thick. Be especially careful not to overload your roller with paint since this can cause runs in the paint and cause paint to build up in crevices or lips around the areas you paint.

I recommend using a 3/8″ roller cover since this will provide a smooth finish and won’t show irregularities or roller marks as you finish up the project.

You can use a sprayer to speed up this home improvement project and ensure you don’t have any brush marks from a roller or paintbrush. If you choose to use a paint sprayer, mask off all areas around the garage door to avoid overspray and lay down lots of drop cloths to avoid paint drips.

8. Raise The Garage Door To Get The Lips

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Once you finish painting each panel of the garage door, you will want to raise the door so you can paint the lips. These are the areas where the garage door meets the ground or tracks.

Many homeowners forget to paint these lips, and it can make the garage door look strange if the lips have the old color showing through. Be sure to let the lips dry before raising the garage door more since this will cause the wet paint to stick and peel.

9. Finish Up By Adding A Second Coat Of Paint (Optional)

You can add a second coat of paint to your garage door if you want. This is especially important if you are using light-colored paint since it will help cover any imperfections in the first coat of paint.

If you are using low-grade paint that leaves lots of roller marks or brush marks, you may need to lightly sand the first coat of paint to remove those marks.

If this is the case, you will need to wipe off the garage door before applying the second coat of paint to ensure the paint job will adhere to the door.

10. Touch-Ups & Clean Up

Anytime you paint something as significant as a garage door, there will be some cleanup and touch-up work afterward.

Whether it’s stray paint drips or streaks, it’s essential to take care of these problems as soon as possible.

Otherwise, they will only get worse and become more challenging to fix. Luckily, most paint cleanup and touch-up jobs are relatively easy to do.

A quick once-over with a wet rag should take care of any stray paint drips. For smudges and other marks, you may need to use elbow grease to remove them. Once you’re finished, your garage door should look good as new!

Wrapping Up How To Paint Your Garage Door

If you’re looking for a way to add some personality and pizzazz to your home, painting your garage door might be the perfect solution.

With a few simple tips, tools, and advice from the pros, you can give your home an instant facelift that will make it stand out from the rest.

So what are you waiting for? Get started on your new DIY project today!



Hi, I'm Chris. I'm a professional painter with over 10 years of experience. I want to show homeowners tips, guides, and advice to save them time and money when painting their own home. I know it can be daunting to take on a painting project yourself, but it doesn't have to be. With the right information and some guidance, you can easily paint your home and save money in the process.


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