The elements can do a number on your garage door and the scorching hot summers in Las Vegas can quickly fade out the finish. If you want to give your garage door a fresh new look, you can stain it. It doesn’t take a lot of money and with the right prep work you can give it a brand-new faux wood finish. Looking at it from the street no one will know it’s not wood!
Faux Wood Garage Door Update With Stain
1. Prep Work Before Staining Garage Door – The key to success is the prep work. If the door is older and had paint or stain applied previously, you may need to do a little bit of sanding to remove any superficial rust and to smooth it out. If there’s a glazed paint finish you’ll need to sand it to remove the sheen or the stain won’t adhere correctly.
2. Clean Garage Door – You will need to clean the garage door with warm soapy water and a stiff brush. This might need to be done a few times to make sure it’s completely clean. You will then take a vinegar solution to remove any grease and then give it a good rinse with the hose. The garage door needs to dry completely and make sure you remove any PVC weather-stripping around the door or it may get stained.
3. Matte Gel Garage Door Stain – It’s better to use gel stain rather than conventional stain because it’s thicker and is less likely to run or drip and choose a matte finish over a high-gloss finish. Pick a color that will complement the other colors of your home’s exterior. Apply some of the stain to the door to get an idea of how it will look and let it dry completely to see the true color. If you like the way it looks then you’re ready to stain.
4. Staining Garage Door – You should also use a good quality brush when you stain your garage door. Gel stain should not be shaken as it will bubble when it is applied. The bubbles will be permanent and will ruin the finished look. Gel stain should be stirred gently with a stir stick. Stain all the recessed areas first and then the flat surfaces. Wait for the coolest part of the day when the door will be shaded the most as gel stains dry quickly. The first coat needs to dry for 24-48 hours before applying another coat. If the garage door was a dark color to begin with, you may be okay with only one coat but with lighter colored doors you’ll most likely need two coats.
5. Seal Garage Door Stain – Use a water-based polyurethane clear coat or an oil-based coat if you decide you want to apply a clear coat. You need to make sure that the gel stain is completely dry before you apply a clear coat or it will bubble and you should apply at least two coats.
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Giving your garage door a fresh coat of stain or paint will increase the curb appeal and give your home a whole new look. It’s easy to do and won’t cost a lot and the results will last for years. If you’re not up to staining your garage door you can always have a brand new one installed! There are so many different styles and colors to choose from. Quality Garage Door Repair is just a phone call away for all your garage door needs. Give us a call today.