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Can I paint my garage door?

You can often paint your garage door. Sometimes the factories do not have a matching color for your home, so you need to have it painted. We have painted many of our new garage door installations. Newer paints are highly durable and will last many years, even though they may not be as strong as the factory finishes.

But there are several considerations to keep in mind if you choose to pain your own door:

  • Type and Material: Check the type and material of your garage door. Most steel, wood, and aluminum doors can be painted, but specific guidelines might apply, especially for laminated or multiply garage doors.
  • Manufacturer’s Specifications: Review the manufacturer’s instructions or warranty details to understand if there are any restrictions or recommended procedures for painting. Some doors have finishes that may not be compatible with standard paints, or painting them might void a warranty.
  • Color Choice: Selecting a color requires careful consideration, especially for laminated or multiply doors. Painting these doors in dark colors like black could cause extreme expansion and contraction, leading to damage.
  • Preparation: Proper cleaning, sanding, priming, and application are essential for a long-lasting finish.
  • Comparison with Factory Finish: Keep in mind that a do-it-yourself paint job may not be as durable as a factory-applied finish. Factory finishes are applied in a controlled environment, ensuring that the surface is meticulously prepared and primed for optimal adhesion. Consider the differences in preparation, paint quality, application, and curing process when deciding to paint your garage door yourself.
  • Professional Consultation: If you’re unsure about the process, give us a call at  (425) 276-6433

As a reminder, please contact the manufacturer for painting recommendations. They are the experts on their own products.


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