Steel garage doors are an ever-popular choice of material for garage doors. Renowned for their durability, strength, and endurance, steel doors are the go-to material of choice for many homeowners.
Another great thing about steel garage doors is that steel can be painted later on to match your home’s exterior, should you update your home’s siding or paint it a new color.
If you are considering a new, unpainted steel door, or if you are thinking about painting your current steel door for the first time, read on for some tips on painting steel. These tips can help you to give your steel door a professional-looking paint job.
Prepare Your Garage Door
Prep work is the most important part of any paint job. The outcome of your work will depend on the type of preparation that you do. Prep work can be time-consuming, but the results will make it all worth it. To start, take your garage door off the hinges, and sand it down. Avoid sanding the hardware. A word of caution: if your garage door is older than 1978, there may be lead in the paint. You should always take proper precautions when sanding paint, and use proper protective gear.
Choose the Right Paint
Now for the fun part, choosing the right paint is an important task. Make sure you purchase high-quality outdoor paint that is designed for metal. 100% acrylic paints are best for steel, and medium gloss sheen is always a good choice. Make sure you apply a high-quality primer before painting. Choose the color you prefer but keep in mind that colors appear much darker once applied.
Use the Right Brush
Never use a paintbrush to apply paint to your garage door. Standard paintbrushes don’t apply paint evenly. For professional looking results, always use a roller brush. It’s best to use a small roller and a roller cover that has a fine nap.
Use the Right Technique
Apply paint by starting at the top and working your way down. Use straight, even strokes for the best results.
Apply Multiple Coats
It’s best to apply four coats of paint. Start with a primer coat, and allow it to dry overnight. A second coat should be applied and allowed to dry for at least six hours before applying a third coat. Let the third coat dry overnight and then gently sand out any blemishes or bubbles. One final coat should be applied, and dried overnight before hardware is reapplied and your garage door is re-hung.
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