A Quick Guide To Painting Metal Garage Doors

Metal garage doors take a battering all year round. Whether it’s the heat of summer, the cold in winter, or just rain, they are always in the firing line. It’s hardly surprising that garage doors need a bit of TLC from time-to-time, to keep them looking their best. It doesn’t matter if you are a home-owner or a commercial business, flaking or peeling paint is not a good look. Fortunately, with the right products and preparation, repainting garage doors is a simple task which will create real kerb-appeal for visitors or customers alike.

Surface Preparation

The old saying goes that ‘Failing to prepare is preparing to fail’. This is also true when painting metal garage doors. There are no short cuts to preparing the surface for painting. If the doors were previously painted, wash and degrease the doors and then sand down lightly to remove any flaking paint. If the door gets rubbed down to bare metal in places, make sure to spot prime the patches with the suitable primer to give the paint something to adhere to.

Choice of Paint

Ensure that only primer and paint suitable for metal are selected for the job. If an unsuitable primer or paint is used, the paint will not adhere. Metal paint is available in quick drying for spray application (if bare metal) or a slower drying product for brush and roller which can be applied over existing paint. Key factors that influence your paint choice include finish, from matt through to gloss, durability, and the colours available in the range.

Paint Application

If possible, wait for a good weather day to complete the job. Ideal painting conditions are neither too wet or cold. If a primer is used, ensure that sufficient drying time is factored into the job. These are given in the manufacturer’s instructions. There are a few methods of paint application. Choose from roller, brush and spray application. This will depend on the size and design of the doors, as well as the paint selected. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application, including allowing the recommended drying time between coats. For more information and to choose suitable products, take a look at the fantastic range of paints in stock at TA Paints. Enjoy free delivery on orders over £200 and download your free gift eBook, The Ultimate Floor Paint Guide, by clicking here.
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