I have a garage door that has sections. I would like to paint it but
don't know how to get in between the sections to paint it. The finish
looks like some shiny finish that probably was factory finish at one
time. Any ideas on how to start this project?
I'm not sure you need to get between the sections, espcially if your
not changing the color, as that area is not exposed to the elements,
nor is it seen. If it were me, I'd probably just leave it alone.
Also, if you have an electric opener, make sure you disconnect it
before painting it. When the door is dry, work it open by hand. The
paint that does get between and around the door can be enough to make
it stick after painting. I had a pro painter do mine and he never did
anything special. When I pushed the buttom to open the door, not even
thinking about it, the door opener track caved in, dropping about 2
feet, creating a mini disaster. Fortunately, I stopped it in time and
was able to straighten in out.
First off you need to determine if it is wood, metal or fiberglass.
Painting and finishing techniques are similar but the kind of paint you use
may vary. Most likely will involve a combination of sanding, priming and
painting. Sprayer is fastest but a roller will work out fine (unless you
want a very high gloss).
Use the same sheen (semi gloss or glossy) as the rest of the trim on your
As for getting in between the sections, just open the door part way.
One additional suggestion - get the best grade of paint that your
preferred paint manufacturer makes. I had a professional paint my garage
door 4 years ago. He used the cheapest paint he could get at Porter's.
To this day, the paint is still gummy between the sections and the door
sticks a bit when it is opened the first time for the day.
also, you will have readjust the springs as you will be
adding weight. Door openers are just a convince and not made
to pull a lot of weight. So disconnect it from the door and
adjust so it is easy to open and close by hand then
reconnect the opener.
Jean, take a bar of ordinary bath soap and lightly rub it
door sections. The soap will counter the paint's residual
tack. I use
this trick on window sashes, and it works great.
When I painted my garage door, I left the area between the panels
unpainted. I had extra paint left over and decided to paint the
inside of the garage door (white) which brightened up the garage
Garage door mechanic tip: Before you paint, tighten up all the hex
nuts using a socket wrench--you will find that some are loose!
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