How to Paint a Wooden Garage Door

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How to Paint a Wooden Garage Door
Slide fabric dust sheets beneath the door. (grunge cloth background image by from

If you want to paint your wooden garage door, know the proper preparation and application techniques that will help to promote an attractive, professional-looking finish that will remain durable. Because raw, unfinished wood is ill-suited for paint adhesion, condition the garage door to accept paint. In addition, employ a specific application strategy that will help prevent mishaps.

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Things you need

  • Pressure washer
  • Heavy-duty fabric dust sheets
  • Blue painter's tape
  • 3- to 4-inch latex paintbrush
  • Acrylic latex primer
  • Acrylic latex paint

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  1. 1

    Wash the wooden garage door with a pressure washer. Start the washer on its lowest setting as a precaution against unintentional damage. Allow the door to dry completely.

  2. 2

    Apply painter's tape to any areas of the garage door you do not want coated in paint. Raise the wooden garage door 1 foot. Slide fabric dust sheets beneath the door. Close the garage door.

  3. 3

    Apply a coat of acrylic latex primer to a 3-foot-wide portion of the wooden door, using a roller. Smooth the wet primer, using a paintbrush manufactured for applying latex paints. Work quickly before the primer begins to dry. Continue until the garage door is completely coated in primer. Raise the door 1 foot. Allow the primer to dry for two hours.

  4. 4

    Wash the brush with water.

  5. 5

    Apply a coat of acrylic latex paint to the primed wooden door in the same way you applied the primer. Allow the paint to dry for two hours. Apply an additional coat if you can see the primer showing through.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not leave the garage door shut during the drying process, or the seams may stick shut.
  • Do not paint over a raw, unfinished wooden garage door without priming it first, or the finish will peel and chip.

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