Garage Doors and Maintenance: Keep Your Door in Great Shape

When I bought my first home, I knew I was going to have to start maintaining different parts of the home to keep everything functioning properly. However, what I did not realize was that the garage door was one of these things. I decided to create this website because I had no idea how much maintenance a garage door needed and what types of maintenance. If you aren't cleaning your garage door tracks, checking for loose screws or oiling the tracks on a bi-monthly basis, I hope my website teaches you how to do this maintenance and the importance of performing it.

Enhance And Protect A New Wooden Garage Door With Paint And Sealer


After having a new wooden garage door installed on your property, add a couple coats of exterior paint to its surface that will complement the color of your home. When finished, add a coat of clear wood sealer to the door's surface to prevent the paint from peeling and to protect the wood from damage that is often associated with moisture. 

Use The Following Items:

  • water hose
  • soapy sponge
  • drop cloths
  • painter's tape
  • exterior paint
  • mixing stick
  • plastic or metal paint tray
  • paint roller
  • roller frame
  • thin paintbrush
  • wood sealer

Rinse The Door's Surface And Apply Two Coats Of Paint

Close and lock the garage door. Remove debris from the wooden surface with a water hose. Use a soapy sponge to remove any dirt smudges or stains. Rinse the door's surface and allow plenty of time for the wood to dry completely. Place drop cloths in front of the area where you will be working. Use strips of painter's tape to cover trim and next to any windows that are on the door. Mix a can of exterior paint until it is smooth and creamy.

Fill a tray with paint and dip a roller into it until it is covered. Apply the paint to the door in even lines, working from bottom to top or top to bottom. Use a thin paintbrush to cover small details in the door's surface. Wait for the paint to dry before adding an additional coat.

Add A Coat Of Wood Sealer

Use a water hose to clean paint from the tray and paint roller. Mix a can of clear wood sealer until any air bubbles have been eliminated. Pour the can of wood sealer into the paint tray. Use the same tools that were used to apply the paint to apply a thin, even coat of the sealer. Wait a few hours for the sealer to dry.

If weather conditions are warm or humid, the sealer may take even longer to dry. Test the door's surface with one of your fingers to ensure that the sealer is no longer tacky. Remove the strips of painter's tape from the door's surface. Remove the drop cloths from the ground.

The newly-painted sealer will improve the appearance of your garage and will complement your home's exterior. Whenever it rains, the sealer will protect the painted wood from damage. Apply a new coat of sealer after several years if the original one is showing signs of wear. Click here for more information about garage door sales.


26 January 2016