The first question to be answered when planning to paint your garage door is this: wood or metal? This is crucial information, as it will guide the process from preparation through painting to the final clean-up. To get started, you will need a few items. They will be similar to either type of door, though there will be one or two things on the supply list that are different.
Take as much time as is needed to make sure that the surface of the door is clean and dry. For a wooden door on which the paint is cracked and peeling, you will need a wire brush and a scraper to get the surface as smooth as possible. If the door is aluminum you will need a firm scrubbing brush. This same type of brush can be used on wood after the scraping and wire brush step.
Protect Your Driveway
Make sure you have a drop cloth placed to protect your concrete or asphalt driveway from paint drops and spills. This will also help during clean-up, as it will catch paint chips during the preparation stage. For the wooden door, you will probably use a latex paint and primer, which makes for easier cleaning. For the metal door, you will probably use oil-based primer and paint, though you could also use an acrylic exterior paint. You should also have solvent or turpentine on hand for cleaning up after painting a metal door.
Before you paint a wooden door, be sure to make any repairs. In addition, you should caulk the cracks and edges to make sure you have a good surface for painting. This is a good time to go back and check for rough edges and places that still need to be scraped or wire-brushed (for wood) or cleaned and scrubbed (for metal). You may also want to use a commercial cleaner made specifically for the exterior surfaces of homes or other buildings.
A finished paint job is only as good as the surface it clings to. If there are rough surfaces, peeling paint, or other imperfections, your new paint will come off much more quickly. That’s why it is important to invest plenty of time in the scrubbing and wire-brush steps.
After you have thoroughly cleaned and washed the door, give the surface plenty of time to dry. Generally, a couple of hours is not enough. If the door is in the sun it could be dry in 24 hours. Be patient, as any moisture trapped under the new paint will keep the paint from sticking. It will lift off with just a slight touch, in many cases.
Use a quality primer when painting any older surface. Some primers can be used on any surface, though you should talk to your supplier to make sure that you are getting the product you need for your particular door. Always allow the primer coat to dry thoroughly before applying finish paint. You should definitely wait 24 hours. If the door gets moisture or dirt on it after the primer coat, clean the surface carefully and let it dry again. Plan to put on two finish coats, with a 24-hour drying period between applications.
They say that the color of your walls can say a lot about your personality. The cool or warm tones and hues of a color on your walls can give your visitors a glimpse of your character and you can even portray your sense of style through the choice of your wall color.
The range of hues in the color spectrum is usually associated with different moods, feelings and to some extent, the personality of the person who chooses the color. It is a great way to enhance your personal touch in your home and let your guests get a feel of the type of person you are.
Here are some examples of colors that can be associated with your personality:
Bright, warm colors
Eye catching and warm toned colors like red, orange and even bright hues usually speak of outgoing and friendly people. If you have a boisterous and cheerful personality, painting your walls these luminous and vibrant shades will definitely emphasize the welcoming and exciting part of you. Your rooms will be full of zest and the liveliness that you are filled with.
Soft, warm colors
Toned down warm colors such as blush pink, baby pinks and even peaches are the best color options for people who exude a quiet and friendly personality. These colors will show your calmer sides by enhancing your cheerful yet relaxed character.
Soft, cool colors
People who gravitate towards soft and cooler tones usually have a lucid and more serene personality. They prefer colors such as lavender, light blue and light green. Their tranquil character will be portrayed by the equally ‘easy on the eyes’ color that is painted on their wall. The cooler tones will give the room a very collected vibe and the subdued shades will give an impression of your peaceful nature.
Jewel toned colors
Opaque and distinct colors such as amethyst, ruby, emerald and even sapphire show how uninhibited you are through your bold color choices. These colors make a statement in the room and add a glamorous quotient to the space. If you have a creative and dynamic personality then these colors are the ones for you. This will surely show the side of you that is fearless enough to make a bold decision regarding your home décor.
People who prefer neutral tones such as whites, pale colors, shades of light brown and beige, are those who like classic looks. These colors show a balance between sophistication and elegance with a preference of crisp looks that give a space a neat and tidy feeling. Although these colors might seem a bit boring, this is a perfect choice if you prefer something that looks toned down and is aesthetically appealing without being distracting.
If you have a down to earth and easy going personality, you are bound to gravitate towards earthy tones such as browns and cooler greens. Your mellow personality with an equally mellow colored walls will surely show your home’s visitors your calm and go-with-the-flow attitude. Plus the earthy tones are great in creating a serene and calming effect.
People who prefer dark colors like black and dark grey usually demonstrate sleek and sophisticated character. They are not afraid to choose a bold color and let their more reserved yet chic personality shine through the walls. Darker hues might give a different type of cozy feel that people who prefer to keep to themselves enjoy. Your restraint is bound to shine through your walls.
What’s your personality?