The garage door is the biggest moveable component found in the exteriors of many houses across Australia. It is, therefore, difficult to overlook the fact that it can considerably impact the kerb appeal of any home. If you have installed a painted wooden garage door in your home, it is only a matter of time before its beauty will be waned because of constant exposure to the elements. When this happens, you will need to repaint the door so as to restore its initial colour and beauty.
If you are a DIY enthusiast, you can do the paint job by yourself. All you need is to equip yourself with the right materials and supplies, and have a basic understanding of how the painting job is to be performed.
Follow these work tips if you want to repaint your dull-looking wooden garage door just like a pro.
Do prep work
Ensuring that the surface of your garage door is well-prepped is the first and most important step towards a successful paint job. Before reaching the decision that your garage door will need to be repainted, you would have probably noticed that it looks dirty and its paint finish has deteriorated. Therefore, the first thing you will need to do is to remove the dirt from the surface of the door and scrape out any loose paint peelings. This step is important because fresh paint will not adhere well to the surface of the door when these elements haven't been removed.
Use a hard-tufted brush to scrape out the old paint from the surface of your door, and then hose down the door with a pressure washer or water from a pressurised garden hose to rid of dirt and any remaining loose paint peelings. When you are done, let the door dry properly. Once the door has dried well, use grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough areas and also remove any other form of dirt that couldn't come off by the force of the water alone. Use a clean dry rag to wipe down sanding dust. The result is a clean, dry and smooth surface that is ready for painting.
Grab your painting tools
This is the easy part. You simply prepare the paint, grab your paint brush or roller and start painting! Be sure to check the weather, so that your door is not exposed to too much direct sunlight, which will cause the paint to dry too quickly.
Start painting from the top of the door and work your way downwards. This way, you won't have any problems dealing with dripped paint. As a general rule, you should give your door at least two coats of paint, but make sure the first coat dries properly before applying the second one.