To DIY or not to DIY? For those of us who don’t mind getting our hands dirty with the upkeep and decoration of our homes, that’s always the question. Does it make the most sense to put in the time and energy to do something ourselves, or is it one of those projects where the cost of hiring someone will be money well spent?
It is well worth keeping your garage doors looking good. Few things can increase the curb appeal of a home so quickly. But deciding to do it yourself or hiring a company specializing in garage door paint will depend on a few factors.
How is the Weather?
Ideally, you need two or three days between 50 and 75 degrees, with no rain, and preferable with your garage doors shaded. That can be hard to come by. If finding a weather window is a real challenge for you, you might want to make it someone else’s problem. On the other hand, if the temperature is right, doing a productive job outside on a warm day feels great.
Do You Have all the Information You Need?
What kind of paint you will use depends based on what type of garage door you have. Most doors are now aluminum, but older homes may have wooden doors, and others might use vinyl or steel. Manufacturer information should be attached to the door’s interior side, but it may be worn and illegible. If you can’t be sure of the materials used, it might be best to leave it to the pros.
Are You an Experienced Painter?
If you already know that this is a project you will hate, or you’ve had painting projects turn out badly in the past, it might be time for second thoughts. Painting a garage door sounds very simple, but, like any painting project, it is actually somewhat involved.
You will want to make sure your garage door can be raised and lowered by hand, so you can partially raise it to reach the bottom easily. Then you absolutely must sand any rusty or rough spots, clean it thoroughly with a mild cleaning solution, hose it down, and wait for it to dry. You will also need to tape off all the areas you won’t be painting, such as the sides of the door, any fixtures you cannot remove, and any windows.
That’s all before you pick up a brush, roller, or sprayer. Talk to your local paint store about what types of paint to use and how best to apply it, but you will almost certainly need either a coat of primer and a coat of paint or two coats of paint with primer.
Should I, or Shouldn’t I?
On the one hand, painting your garage door yourself can feel like a lot to tackle. On the other hand, it is comparatively simple (compared to, say, installing cabinets), improves the curb appeal of your home, and gives you a great sense of accomplishment. Whether to DIY it or not ultimately depends on how willing you are to put in the time and effort and put up with the risk of a less than perfect outcome.