Revitalize Your Home with these Expert Tips on Garage Door Painting 

Double Time Garage Doors

Garage door painting is a fantastic way to enhance your home’s curb appeal and give it a fresh, updated look. Whether you’re looking to match your garage doors to your home’s paint color scheme or make a bold statement, a beautifully painted garage door can be the perfect finishing touch. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know when you’re painting your garage door, including the best paint to use, tips for application, and common pitfalls to avoid. 

Why Paint Your Garage Door? 

Garage doors are often one of the most prominent features of your home’s exterior. A well-painted garage door can: 

  1. Enhance Curb Appeal: A fresh coat of paint can make your home look well-maintained and stylish. 
  1. Increase Property Value: An attractive exterior can boost your home’s market value. 
  1. Protect Against the Elements: Paint acts as a barrier against weather conditions, preventing rust and deterioration. 

What Kind of Paint to Use on a Garage Door? 

Choosing the right paint for your garage door is crucial for achieving a long-lasting, professional finish. Here are some recommendations: 

  1. Acrylic Latex Exterior Paint: Ideal for metal and wood garage doors, it offers durability and resistance to weathering. 
  1. Exterior Paint with Primer: Paint Products like BEHR ULTRA™ are developed as a paint and primer in one, promoting adhesion and durability. 
  1. High-Quality Primer: If not using a paint-and-primer combination, apply a premium primer first to enhance the topcoat’s longevity. 

Should I Paint My Garage Door with a Roller or Brush? 

Both rollers and brushes have their place in garage door painting: 

  1. Brush: Use a 2″-2½” wide nylon/polyester brush for detailed areas like recessed panels and edges. 
  1. Roller: A 3/8″-3/4″ roller cover is best for larger, flat areas. For extensive surfaces, consider using a 5-gallon bucket and bucket grid to keep the roller fully loaded with paint. 

How Hard Is Garage Door Painting? 

Garage door painting is a manageable DIY painting project if you follow the right steps and use the proper tools. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the process: 

Tools and Materials You’ll Need 

  • Brush (2″-2½”) 
  • Roller Cover and Frame 
  • Paint Tray and Liner 
  • Extension Pole 
  • Ladder 
  • Painter’s Tape 
  • Rags 
  • Stir Stick 
  • Paint Can Opener 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

  1. Preparation: Clean the garage door thoroughly to remove dirt, dust, and grease. Tape off any areas you don’t want to paint, such as handles and windows. 
  1. Priming: If you’re using a separate primer, apply it first to ensure better adhesion and durability of the topcoat. Allow it to dry completely before painting. 
  1. Painting Panels: 
  • Step 1: Begin with the recessed areas of the panels using a brush. Start at a corner and work around the perimeter. 
  • Step 2: Paint the flat sections of each panel, wiping away any excess paint that overlaps onto the stiles. 
  1. Painting Stiles: Using a roller, paint the stiles around the perimeter of each panel. Ensure even coverage by reloading the roller as necessary. 
  1. Edges and Garage Door Trim: 
  • Step 1: With a brush, paint around the edges of the door and the trim. Start at the top corner and work your way down. 
  • Step 2: Continue painting the face of the trim, maintaining a wet edge to avoid streaks. 

What Not to Do When Painting a Garage Door 

To achieve a professional finish and avoid common mistakes, follow these tips: 

  1. Don’t Paint in Direct Sunlight: High temperatures can cause the paint to dry too quickly, leading to an uneven finish. Work in moderate temperatures between 50º-90º F with moderate humidity. 
  1. Avoid Skipping the Primer: If not using a paint-and-primer combo, applying a separate primer is essential for adhesion and durability. 
  1. Don’t Rush the Drying Time: Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next to prevent peeling and bubbling. 
  1. Don’t Ignore Safety: Use a sturdy ladder and be mindful of your surroundings to avoid accidents. 

Professional Services by Double Time Garage Doors 

At Double Time Garage Doors, we offer a wide range of services to meet all your garage door needs, including: 

Ready to transform your garage door with a fresh coat of paint? Contact Double Time Garage Doors at (475) 348-3817 for expert advice and top-quality service. Whether you need a new garage door installation, emergency repairs, or professional painting tips, our team is here to help. Enhance your home’s curb appeal with a beautifully painted garage door today! 

By choosing Double Time Garage Doors, you ensure that your garage door not only looks fantastic but also operates smoothly and efficiently. Reach out to us now for a consultation or to schedule a service, and experience the difference that professional, high-quality garage door services can make for your property. 

Double Time Garage Doors
Serving Norwalk, CT and the surrounding area.
Teresa Laug
Teresa Laug
Excellent service and fair pricing. Called to confirm the appointment and showed up on time. Thankfully, had the parts in the Truck! I would highly Recommend!
Michele Malave
Michele Malave
Quick and efficient! The technician, Miguel, was extremely respectful and easy to speak with. I recommend them highly.
Geoff Batra
Geoff Batra
Miguel provided excellent service, responding promptly and efficiently fixing my garage control panel. He quickly gauged the issue without waisting time. I highly recommend him and would certainly enlist his services again. Miguel is highly professional and responded promptly. Miguel took the time to explain the needs of my garage door and parts, providing honest advice on necessary changes. Outstanding work and service,No regrets!
Steven Angelo
Steven Angelo
Miguel was amazing!! Came really fast and did a great job fixing my springs on my garage! Highly recommend and would definitely use him again! Thank you!
Denise Agard
Denise Agard
Please don’t hesitate to call Double Time garage company. Very professional and prompt with response. Miguel took time to explain to me what my garage door and parts needed. Honest about what needs to be changed and what can wait for later. I signed up for regular servicing every six months. Excellent work and service with a smile. You won’t regret it!
June R.
June R.
Thank you Miguel for fixing our garage doors! We had some old system in our home garage, only one door worked, and Miguel noticed the other one didn’t work because the spring was broken. He said we could replace the old spring or put a new system in, with Wi-Fi control on an app to open and close the garage doors. He gave us a fair price, and we said yes and he had time the next day to install it. He came on time and worked very hard to make sure the whole system was perfect, he cleaned everything up, was very kind and knowledgeable on all garage related items. Thank you so much Miguel, we really love the new garage system!!!
Julian Gaynor
Julian Gaynor
Miguel has helped me with my garage door opener twice now and he is always very communicative and responsive. He arrives on time and efficiently handles the job. Prices are fair and he’s also just a really nice guy. I’d recommend him to anybody!
Krina & Divjot -
Krina & Divjot -
Miguel did an excellent job at replacing our detached garage door. He was responsive and extremely professional from the consultation to installation, and was quick to return when something needed adjustment. He went through all our options without any pressure so we were confident in our choice. His prices are competitive and he takes pride in his work. He does a very good and clean job. I would definitely recommend to others looking to have any work done to their garage.