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We don't have a particularly large garage, and we do anything we can to try and conserve space. The old garage door had quite a wide swinging hinge, which meant there was a large area where we could not store anything. We have recently switched to a slimline garage door, which rolls up overhead and has a much smaller profile overall. Not only do we have more space, but the new garage door also looks great and has made the whole garage look nicer. This blog is all about new options for garage doors with slimline profiles and modern styling.

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Two tips for painting a garage door

by Tyrone Cooper

Painting your garage door is an effective and inexpensive way to improve both the appearance of the garage itself and your property as a whole. Whilst this process is relatively straightforward, there are a few things which you'll need to keep in mind to ensure that you achieve the results you desire.

Check the weather forecast

It's important to check the forecast for the day you intend to paint the door. This is because the weather conditions in which you paint can have a significant impact on the painting process. Excessively high humidity levels can lead to longer drying times; this, in turn, may mean that you need to spend more than one day on this task, as you'll need to wait for each layer to dry completely before adding another one. Likewise, heavy rain on wet paint can affect the quality of the finish (and of course, make the actual painting process a lot more challenging).  Ideally, you should try to get this job done on a mild, dry day.

If rain has been forecasted for the date on which you plan to paint, it might be worth purchasing a portable canopy to hang over your garage door; this should shield both you and the door from the elements and thus prevent the rain from negatively impacting the process or the end result.

Prep and prime the door before you paint

The amount of preparatory work you carry out on the garage door will play a determining role in the quality of the finish you achieve. Painting a door which is covered in oil stains, grime, mud and rust is likely to lead to the paint looking patchy, textured and uneven when it dries.

The first thing you should do is give the door a thorough cleaning. This process is the same for both metal or wooden garage doors. Simply scrub the surface with a nylon brush and some diluted, mild detergent. When this is done, rinse off all of the residue left behind by the detergent, and dry the door before moving on to the next stage.

If you have a wooden garage door, you'll need to sand it before applying primer and paint. It might be worth hiring an electric sander for this task, rather than manually scrubbing the door with individual pieces of sandpaper, as the latter can be quite tiring, particularly if the door is quite large. If your garage door is made from metal, sanding won't be necessary; however, if there are any spots of rust on it, you should scrub these off, using a steel wire brush.

The next step is to prime the door. Don't be tempted to skip this step, as primer serves many important purposes; in addition to ensuring that the paint adheres fully to the door's surface (and thus does not flake or peel when it dries), primer also serves as an additional barrier which protects the door from damage caused by exposure to the elements. One thin coat of primer is usually enough; however, if you wish to apply multiple layers, you should leave at least a couple of hours in between applications, in order to allow each coat to fully dry.