How to spray paint garage door

Spray painting garage doors with a spray can paint is a good option if you want to save some bucks by performing DIY work on your garage door.

If you want to know how to spray paint garage doors, then this guide of mine will help you.

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You can make mistakes while doing so. I made mistakes at the start of my painting career but I have learned from them and I will save you guys from making those mistakes.

If you are a newbie, this guide is best for you because I have plenty of years of painting work experience and know my stuff.

I will share the tips and complete procedure for spraying the garage door with essential tools.

How to spray paint garage door?

These are the steps I follow whenever I want to spray paint garage doors of my house or of my clients to achieve the finish which I or my clients desire.

Don’t miss any of these steps if you want a great finish without any uneven paint on the surface. These are the list of the tools you need to spray paint your garage doors at home.

  • Spray paint
  • Primer
  • Hand Sander/Orbital Sander
  • Gloves
  • Glasses
  • Mask
  • Clear coat
  • Drop clothes or rags
  • Painters tape
  • Wire brush
  • Soapy water
  • Newspaper

Wear protective gear

Before you begin spray painting your garage door, it is important to wear the proper protective gear.

This includes a respirator mask to protect your lungs from fumes, goggles to protect your eyes, and gloves to protect your hands.

You will also need to cover any exposed skin with a long-sleeved shirt and pants. Once you have the proper gear on, you can begin to prep the door for painting.

Prepare the area around

In order to spray paint your garage door, you will need to first prepare the area around it.

This means removing any objects that may be in the way, such as cars, lawn furniture, or children’s toys.

Once the area is clear, you will need to clean the surface of the door to remove any dirt or debris. Once the door is clean, you can then begin to spray paint it.

Clean the door

Before you begin spray painting your garage door, it is important to clean the door with a wire brush and soapy water.

Here is the picture of the garage door which I spray-painted for my client. I took the picture in between the process as you can see. I took the picture to show you guys the results.

Spray painting garage door

This will remove any dirt or debris that could potentially interfere with the paint job. Once the door is clean, you can begin spray painting it with the color of your choice.

Sand the surface

Before you can spray paint your garage door, you’ll need to sand it down to remove any old paint or varnish.

You can use a hand sander or an orbital sander for this job. Just be sure to use fine-grit sandpaper so you don’t damage the door.

Once you’ve sanded the door, you can wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust. Then, you’re ready to start spray painting!

Apply primer and spray paint on the garage door

To apply primer and spray paint to your garage door, first make sure that the door is clean and free of any dirt or debris.

Next, using a brush or roller, apply a thin layer of primer to the door, making sure to evenly cover the entire surface. Apply 2-3 coats of primer for better adherence and result and let it dry.

Once the primer is dry, apply a thin layer of spray paint, again making sure to evenly cover the entire surface. Finally, allow the paint to dry completely before opening the door.

Apply 2-3 coats of spray paint and wait in between coats. I suggest you to wait 2 to 3 hours in between coats so the paint dries before spraying another coat.

Apply clear coat

It is important to apply a clear coat after spray painting your garage door. This will protect the paint from chipping and fading.

To apply a clear coat, first, make sure the paint is completely dry. Then, using a clean, dry cloth, apply a thin layer of clear coat to the door. Allow the clear coat to dry completely before opening the door.

Clean up the area

After you have finished spray painting your garage door, it is important to clean up the area to avoid any accidents. Here are some tips on how to clean up the area after spray painting:

  • Wipe down the area with a damp cloth to remove any excess paint.
  • Be sure to dispose of any paint cans or other materials properly.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with an attachment to clean up any loose paint particles.
  • Make sure the area is well-ventilated to allow the paint to dry properly.

Can you paint a garage door with spray paint?

Yes, it is possible to paint a garage door with spray paint. However, there are a few important things to keep in mind before starting the project.

It is important to clean the surface of the garage door thoroughly before applying any paint. This will help the paint to adhere better and ensure a smooth, even finish.

It is also recommended to use a primer specifically designed for metal surfaces before applying the spray paint.

You should also be sure to use paint that is suitable for outdoor use and can withstand the elements.

And also, it would be best to apply the paint in a well-ventilated area and to use a mask or respirator to avoid inhaling any fumes.

It is also important to do a test spray in an inconspicuous area before starting to paint the entire door to make sure that the paint is working correctly, and the color is what you expect.

Finally, you may have to apply multiple coats of paint to achieve an even, opaque finish.

Allow the paint to dry completely between coats, and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.

How many spray cans does it take to paint a garage door?

The number of spray cans needed to paint a garage door will depend on the size of the door, the type of paint being used, and the desired finish.

As a general rule, one spray can of paint covers around 15-20 square feet of surface area with a single coat.

A typical two-car garage door is around 16 feet wide and 7 feet tall, with a total surface area of 112 square feet.

Therefore, you will need at least 6-8 cans of spray paint for a two-car garage door, assuming you will be doing only one coat and not using a primer.

However, keep in mind that it is always better to have extra paint on hand, in case you need to apply multiple coats or touch up any areas that may have been missed.

Also, depending on the condition of the door, you may want to use a primer to ensure proper adhesion of the paint.

It’s worth noting that, the number of cans required will also depend on the type of spray paint you are using.

If you are using spray paint that has a lower coverage rate, you will need more cans to cover the same area.

Can you spray paint an aluminum garage door?

Yes, you can spray paint an aluminum garage door. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before starting the project.

Aluminum is a non-ferrous metal, which means it doesn’t have any iron in it. This means it doesn’t rust, but it can be affected by weathering and oxidation.

Before painting an aluminum garage door, it’s important to clean the surface thoroughly and remove any oxidation.

It’s also important to use a primer specifically designed for metal surfaces, as well as a paint that is suitable for outdoor use and can withstand the elements.

Spray paint is a good option for aluminum garage doors as it provides a smooth, even finish and dries quickly.

It’s also important to do a test spray in an inconspicuous area before starting to paint the entire door, to make sure that the paint is working correctly, and the color is what you expect.

Finally, you may have to apply multiple coats of paint to achieve an even, opaque finish.

Allow the paint to dry completely between coats, and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.

It is worth noting that, if you are looking for a long-lasting finish, it’s better to use a paint specifically designed for aluminum surfaces and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.


FAQ’s of How to spray paint garage door

You will need at least seven cans of paint to cover a typical garage door. The door is usually seven feet high and nine feet wide, so you will need to cover about 10 square feet. Each can of paint usually covers about 10 square feet, so you will need at least seven cans to cover the entire door.

It’s not strictly necessary to prime your garage door before painting it, but doing so will help the paint to adhere better. If you’re using water-based paint, a primer will also help to prevent the paint from peeling or flaking off. For best results, apply a primer specifically designed for use on garage doors.

The first step is to wash the door with a mild detergent and water to remove any dirt or grime. Next, sand the door with fine-grit sandpaper to create a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to. Once the door is sanded, wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust.

Now you’re ready to start painting! Use a primer specifically designed for aluminum and apply it evenly to the door. Once the primer is dry, apply a layer of paint in the color of your choice. Again, make sure to apply the paint evenly to avoid any drips or streaks.

Finally, let the door dry completely before closing it. This will ensure that the paint doesn’t get scratched or damaged.

If using a house wash cleaner, be sure to follow the instructions on the label carefully. If using soapy water, be sure to rinse the door well afterward. Once the door is clean, you can then proceed with painting it.

It takes a minimum of 12 hours for the paint to dry on a garage door. However, this time frame can vary depending on the type of paint and the weather conditions. For example, if it is a hot and humid day, the paint will take longer to dry. Conversely, if it is a cool and dry day, the paint will dry faster.

Garage door paint can last up to 10 years if it is properly applied and maintained. However, paint that is exposed to sunlight and other elements will start to fade and chip over time. If you want your garage door to keep its fresh look, it’s important to touch up the paint every few years.

There are a few different types of paint that can be used to paint a garage door, but acrylic latex exterior house paint is generally the best option. This type of paint is designed to withstand the elements and will provide a long-lasting finish. It is also relatively easy to apply, so you won’t need to hire a professional to do the job.


Conclusion on how to spray paint garage door

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I am always happy to hear from our readers. Till the next informational blog post take care of yourself and of your equipment.

Matthew Edward

Matthew Edward is a professional painter who loves to paint and wants to share useful tips and tricks which he had learned in many years of experience in painting. He also used many products that can be used for painting he has tried and tested each and every product to give an unbias opinion about it in his review. This blog is very useful for those newbies who want to learn painting without making mistakes.

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