Columbia Garage Doors and Openers, LLC
Of Columbia, Tennessee
Questions and Answers
Painting Your Garage Door
Most garage doors installed today are made out of steel. And most door manufacturers buy their steel from the same few steel mills. This steel before it is sent out to the door manufacturers, goes through a process of hot dipped-galvanization, a baked-on primer coat and a good quality polyester top-coat that needs no painting. This should stand up to years of fine service. The colors come in white, almond, sandtone and brown.
If you wish to paint your steel door you may do so by
Following these instructions:
1. Close door, wipe down and clean door with mild
detergent to remove dirt and oils and rinse with
2. When door is dry, paint with two coats of high
grade exterior oil or latex based paint. On insulated
doors using polyurethane foam, stay away from the
darker colors such as brown. Excess heat can be
absorbed and delaminating may occur.
3. Avoid painting at temperatures below 50°F, or in
high temperatures in direct sunlight.
4. Familiarize yourself with the instructions on the
Recommended by the American Hardboard Association:
Door must be primed before installation
*Finished painting of primed door must take place within 7 days after installation.
*Follow paint manufacturers specifications.
*Be sure wood joints and panel edges are sealed.
*Be sure painting surfaces are clean and free of
contaminates such as dust, dirt and mildew.
*Prime and paint both sides and all edges of every
*Use two coats of one of the following high quality exterior
top coat paints: oil, alkyd or acrylic latex base.
*Avoid application of finishes when rain, or dew or low
temperatures are expected before finish fully hardens.
*Do not paint over warning labels, track, springs, cables,
drums, pulleys or hinge pivotal points.
Door may need to be rebalance after painting. Call a qualified door technician for this adjustment.