In majority of the homes, the garage doors would be of aluminum only and after the passage of time it will start to look dull and unattractive. It is a part of your home and you can’t let it look that bad. Anyone entering your home can easily see your aluminum garage door and it would create a bad impact on the one coming at your home. Now you can’t keep it like that. Take some initiative and make your aluminum garage door better. There are several people who would consider replacing the old aluminum garage door with the new one but it is an added expense. There are several other ways by which you can change the look of your aluminum garage door that too without having the need of replacing it. This cheap and effective idea is paint. Painting your aluminum garage door can work its magic and you will make your aluminum garage door to look like new again. You can get this new look of aluminum garage door very easily and quickly. The basic thing you need to start with is to collect all the materials for painting the aluminum garage door. Here is a list of things.
- Paint brush
- Drop cloths
- Primer which should be oil based
- Soapy and warm water
- Scrubbing brush
Steps for cleaning your aluminum door
- Clean your door
In case of any paint project, it’s very essential that you clean your door before you start with
the work. The basic reason behind this is that, if you paint your aluminum garage door before cleaning it, the paint will not adhere properly and you will not get your desired result. If you are intending to make a proper surface for the primer, you need to ensure that the aluminum is totally free of dust, dirt and any other kind of debris. If you are avoiding this step then it will create in interference in the adhesion process which you don’t want of course. If there are any loose particles then get rid of it also by making use of firm bristled brush. Use the solution of warm soapy water and clean your door by a firm bristled brush. If there are any loose parts which are chipped away then make sure to get rid of it also from the surface of the door. You will not have to tackle the issue of oxidizing with aluminum but chances are there that the factory finish might deteriorate.
- Organize the door
While you are painting any exterior part of your home, it’s always advisable to select the day very carefully. You can choose a day which is not very much wet or extremely cold or extremely hot. You must a pick which is moderate. If you are choosing a hot day then the alloys and metals will be expand due to hot air and it will retain heat and hence this will hinder the paint to dry to its highest standard which you are probably expecting. Hence when you are planning for this work, pick a dry, clear and mild day for getting the best results. If you don’t want to get trapped into hassle of having to clean way too much then try painting it from up to bottom. Use a ladder and start from the top section while painting your aluminum garage door. Once you are done with the top section, take the lower section and start painting it. While doing so, don’t miss out to put some drop clothes on the floor or some sheets of newspaper. This will save your floor from getting extreme dirty and would also save you up from the trouble of cleaning it.
Once you are done with the preliminary stage of washing and drying, you can finally begin with painting the priming coat on your aluminum garage doors. You will need to have a thin oil based primer and mix it little bit with the solvent. Make sure to read the manufacturers instruction and follow it precisely while mixing this solution. Leave the primer and let it set properly for a period of 24 hours. You can make use of a spray primer which is suitable for your aluminum garage door but ensure that you are masking off the area which you don’t want to be painted.
- Paint the door
After the completion of the drying time which is of 24 hours, it’s high time you should start painting the top coat on your aluminum garage door. There is several paint choice but an oil based exterior paint would be a good choice as you have applied an oil based primer primarily. If not oil based primer, another option to go for is acrylic exterior paint which is suitable with garage door. While painting your aluminum garage door, you can use a brush for cutting on your pain ting time and also ease in the same. Apart from brush you can also consider using a roller but it is quite difficult to clean if you are intending to use oil based paint and hence the final conclusion is that brush is always a better choice. How you are directing a brush will be depending upon the type of aluminum garage door you are having. Here there would not be any grain for following which is there with the wood. But it is definite that you don’t want to paint your garage door for leaving any stroke marks which are clearly visible. For avoiding this situation, leave the first coat of paint to dry deeply.
- Apply second coat of paint
The first coat of paint of paint should be entirely dried before you pick up the second one. You might find that some of the parts of the door would appear pit blotchy and patchy but an appropriate application of the second one would cover up all the flaws and give your aluminum door a unique looking surface.
- Clean up
The last but not the least step would be cleaning all the brushes properly and also cleaning the floor and all other materials used for painting aluminum garage door which can be used again for similar kind of project.