I need to paint my garage door whose has a lot of it's paint taken off by
hurricane Wilma. The neighbor across the street's shingle tiles were blown
off the roof and all of them came in out directions. With the shingle
coming at high speed it basically acted like sand paper on my garage door so
I have to repaint it.
The problem is the door is made of 4 horizontal panels. I am not sure how
to paint the highest panel because a portion of it is not visible when the
door is closed. If I open it and roll it up then the highest panel is
raised 7 feet above the floor and there is not enough room between the
ceiling and the raised panel to paint it while it's up and I cannot get to
half the spots when it's down.
couple of milk crates, concrete blocks, or whatever you have handy. (Make
sure it is sturdy, so it doesn't collapse and trap your hand.)That will let
you reach the top edge of the top panel. Raise the door up a little more at
a time, to get the end of each panel where it hides behind the weather stop.
Do not put the door back down till paint is dry, or it will stick to the
weatherstripping. BTW, one of those sponge painters will let you put on a
smooth coat with only 3-4 inches of clearance. The paint on the edges
doesn't need to be perfect, since it is well protected from weather and
usually not visible. It just needs to not show a visible color change line
as the door is going up and down. Painting the door the same color will make
it much easier to make it look 'right'. I went from green to white on mine,
and made the painter do the edges before he loaded the truck.
Sure, I've done the same thing (painting a garage door) for years.
Simply stop the door after a second or so on its upward travel.
You can then sneak a brush between the frame and the door. If need
be, let the upper panel and around he edges dry well, then close
the door and do the rest.
Note that it can take days to weeks (the labels says up to a month)
for latex pain to "dry well" (actually "cure"). Before that it may
stick, or worse, to any gaskets.
With the door locked in the down position, disconnect your opener (if
equipped) and then remove the top roller brackets. The tension cables are
hooked to the bottom panel, so there's no worry with that part of it. THEN
you can hinge the top panel inward and paint to your heart's content. Don't
forget the edges and let them dry before you close the gap back up.
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