Garage doors are often overlooked when updating a home’s exterior painting, but they should actually be a focus, as they’re one of the most visible aspects of a home. My painters and I know that garage door painting can freshen up a home’s appeal with a minimal amount of effort and money.
If you want to update the exterior painting of your West Palm Beach, FL home, follow these easy tips for a foolproof way to paint your garage door.
Pay Attention to Time and Temperatures
While interior painting doesn’t require an eagle eye watch on the weather, quality exterior painting depends on the elements outside. Be sure to paint on a day without rain and start your project early – you don’t want to be painting after the sun goes down.
Prep the Garage Door
When painting any surface, my home painters know it’s important to prep the thoroughly. Garage doors are constantly exposed to outdoor elements including dust, dirt, sun, and rain, so the surface will be much grimier than your kitchen cabinets. Using a paint scraper or sandpaper, remove peeling paint. If your doors are metal, remove any rust.
Scrub, Scrub, Scrub
With the help of a power washer, cleaning off your garage door can be a breeze. If you don’t have access to a power washer, a sturdy sponge, all-purpose cleaner, and water will do the trick.
Tape and Tarp
My painters and carpenters know that some of the most mundane preparations produce the best work. Before painting, tape the edges around your garage door, trim, and garage windows. Remember to lay a tarp or piece of cardboard underneath the door, because it will catch any paint spills that could otherwise end up on your driveway or garage floor.
Prime and Paint Garage Door
Finally, your family’s home painters can get to work by priming the garage door (especially if you’re drastically changing the color). After priming, paint the door with latex-based paint and then stand back and admire your handiwork.
At Benchmark Painting & Carpentry, my home painters are ready to help you with any exterior or interior painting needs. Please call us today at 301-949-1100 or visit our website for a free estimate.