Vinyl Garage Door Painting Tips07/29/2013 Back To Blog
Vinyl garage doors have always been popular among homeowners, who put a premium on durability but just can't afford expensive wood or steel doors. The good thing with vinyl doors is that they do not require too much maintenance and they last for a long time. Due to their high resistance to salt, moisture and the sun, they are ideal for coastal areas. Still, if you like to make changes in your life, painting the vinyl door is an excellent idea as long as you do it properly and make the right preparation. Some steps are important! After all, if you don't cover the garage door tracks, how can you expect the rollers to move properly afterwards? Though, it's also significant to choose the right coats and prepare the door for its transformation!
3 basic painting steps
1. Get The Right Type Of Paint
Before painting your vinyl door, find the right type of paint first. Oil-based and latex paints are not appropriate for vinyl doors. This means that you should instead buy special paints made from urethane and acrylic, which can be found at paint stores only. Check the label of the varnish. It must say that it's suitable for vinyl doors. Of course, if you can get powder coats, which are ecological and will also protect your health, even better!
2. Preparing The Surface
The next step would be to prepare the overhead or roll up garage door surface by washing it using a scrub brush, soap and warm water. Once the vinyl door’s surface is already clean and dry, it’s now ready for painting. Pick the right time for painting the door. Paint the door on days when it's not windy or rainy. Also make sure you paint in the shade.
3. How to Paint the Vinyl Door
For safe and effective vinyl garage door painting, use a paint brush and paint roller to evenly spread the paint on the overhead door. Make sure you follow the manufacturer's guidelines too. Also keep in mind that painting dark colors on light-colored vinyl doors may cause it to crack and fall off because it will lead to heat building-up in the vinyl.