Every few years it’s a good idea to give your garage door a face lift. A good cleaning, annual maintenance, and especially, a fresh coat of paint.
New paint not only makes it look better, it also helps prevent weather damage. There are 2 preferred types of paint for your garage door: Latex and Oil-Based.
This post takes a look at those two types of paints and what we recommend for your garage door paint job.
Latex Paint For Your Garage Door
Latex paints, surprisingly, don’t contain latex. Latex paint is actually made from synthetic polymers, which have similar characteristics to latex. Latex paint will not cause a reaction from anyone allergic to latex.
Latex paints are distinct in that they can be diluted with water, but when dry are water resistant. Latex paint is sometimes referred to as emulsions or acrylic paint. There are different levels of quality to latex paint, obviously the better quality is a higher price.
For garage doors, a balance between vinyl and acrylic resins present in the paint is best. The combination is a great balance between price and quality. Latex paint as you’d imagine is easy to clean, water resistant and adheres really well to your garage door. It’s also resistant to cracking, which helps the paint job last longer.
Latex paint also holds up well to alkali cleaners. This is important for garages that also double as a workshop. Alkali cleaners are great for getting out grease and stubborn stains. You can use these cleaners without damaging or cracking the paint.
Oil-Based Paints For Garage Doors
These are oil-based paints (ha!) that generally contain linseed oil. You can buy this type of paint in high concentration, and the thing it down during an oil based solvent. The most common solvent is turpentine.
Oil-based paints take a lot longer to dry than latex paint. They are also much smellier! If you are going to paint your garage door with an oil-based paint, it’s recommended you empty your garage before painting so the smell doesn’t stick on your things. Oil-based paints are hard to clean as well, so moving your stuff out is recommended also for this reason, to prevent any drops from ruining your belongings.
Oil-based paint despite the obvious cons, is really easy to work with. A thin coat will stick to the door well regardless of the material of the door (wood, aluminum, steel, etc). Don’t forget to use a primer if painting with an oil based paint. Especially if the door is made from metal, the paint can peel away after long sun exposure, so primer helps this.
Lastly, oil-based paints are affordable, and come in a lot of colors!
No matter which paint you choose, make sure to hire a good painter to do the job right!