Sunday, March 29, 2015

Painting Star Burst Window Frame on Garage Door

The garage door I painted to look like wood this week was one with a row of windows for the top row.  I am not absolutely  sure but I am 95% sure that newer building codes do not allow windows in garage doors any longer in Florida, at least along the coastal areas.

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This sun burst frame effect dates a door.  I think it also adds about 3-4 hours more work time to the job.   What you have to do to be able to paint the frame work and not get the paint all over the window is slide paper between the fame and the window.  The actual framework is a plastic piece that is mounted onto the window and only attached around the edges.  So what I do is use a magazine and tear out the pages and lift the frame work out enough away from the glass to slip it under.  I cover up all the glass and then paint.  Then when it comes time to take out the paper its a time consuming process also.   There is also some paint that needs to be cleaned off the glass in most cases.   It is the only way I have found to paint the framework without leaving any white on any of the edges of the plastic piece.

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I am really happy with the way garage door looks like wood after I got done painting it.

Here a couple of in progress photos.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Finished With The Garage Door Project

I was able to finish up this week on another project where I painted two garage doors to look like wood.  Most of the day when I was working on this project the sun was shinning directly onto the doors but at the end of the day they were in the shade.  The first two photos are at the end of the day and last one is the completed project.  I had finished the project towards the end of that particular day but still not late enough for the doors be totally in the shade.

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The home owners are really thrilled with this new look for their garage doors.  They told me that painting the garage doors to look like wood makes the appearance of the home look better than they had hoped for.  I love to hear that.

Friday, March 13, 2015

You Can Paint Your Garage Door To Look Like Wood

I completed the big one of the two garage doors that I am painting to look like wood.  Here is a picture of the completed garage door.

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Steel Garage Door Painted To Look Like Wood

This door really came out looking great.  In the homeowners own words, "It looks just like wood."  Here are a couple of photos of the painting in progress.  In the first of the following two photos you can see how I use my shade tarp to keep the sun from shining directly onto the surface of the garage door.  When the sun is shining directly onto the surface of the door the paint dries so fast as I apply it that I can not create the wood grain look.  So I always use my shade tarp.  You can also see in this photo how I tape off the center panels as I am working on them.

In the next photo I am almost done with the garage door.  I just have to paint the bottom row of panels to look like wood and then seal the door with a clear acrylic uv sealer.

Another look here at the completed door.  Painting a garage door to look like wood really makes the curb appeal for the home go up several notches.  It just adds a richness that you can't get any other way.

Hundreds people have emailed me asking for the technique I use in creating this wood look on a garage door.  So many people have asked that I created a step by step tutorial that can guide the average homeowner in creating this wood look on their own garage door.  If you are interested in finding out more about the tutorial please click here - Garage Door Tutorial .