Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Garage Doors Painted to Like They Have A Gray Wood Grain

I finished up a new garage door job this week.  I painted three garage doors to look like wood, two single garage doors and a double.  The color of doors is not typically a color scheme I use but I really like it.  It is a grayish tone of wood.  Not a driftwood color but on the grayish side nonetheless, goes perfectly with the new home color.

The first picture here is a shot of the two single doors.  The doors are the standard 4 rows high but the rows are oversized in height so the opening is actually almost as high as a door with 5 rows.  Plus as you can see the curved top of the opening creates a challenge.  A portion of each panel on the top row is behind the curved top of the opening.

The best way to get to the top panels on a door that has the curved top opening is to open the door the whole way and then get on a ladder and paint the top row from inside the garage.  This only works if there is enough clearance between the ceiling of the garage and the garage door when it is opened.  Unfortunately most of the time there is not.  The other way is to open the door just barely enough to where when it starts to go back and gets away from the opening it will curve back on the door track at an angle, stop it and paint the door by getting on a ladder and reaching in.

I don't have a picture on this particular door of when I painted the top row but I did it by angling back the top row like in the photo below.  In the photo the third row is angled back while I paint the bottom two rows but you get the idea of how it looks when the top row is angled back.  You have to reach in and paint.  It's pretty hard actually and  I am sure unless you have experience painting garage doors to look like wood you could not pull it off.

The photo below also shows how I tape off the bottom two rows to get them ready to paint.

This next photo shows how I tape off the space between the rows for painting.

The next two photos are of the completed single doors.

This next photo is when I was putting the base coat color down for the wood graining.  You can see how the door was painted a dark brown.

Here is a photo of when I had taped off the third row down from the top on the double garage door and I am ready to paint in the wood grain.

Friday, June 2, 2017

New Garage Door Painted to Look Like Red Mahogany Wood

I have been working this past week on a home that is undergoing a major remodel.  The place was totally gutted and redone.  Part of that process was to get a new garage door.  Then I painted that garage door to look like wood.

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The first picture is the finished door.  At some point the concrete driveway is getting replaced with pavers but that might be several months down the road.  The wood tone color was picked to match the new color of the home.  We wanted to make it compatible with the exterior of the home but still maintain an authentic wood look.

The first picture was taken at the end of the day that I finished the door on.  For most of the day the door is in direct sunlight.  When I am working on a garage door in sun I have to put up my suntarp. The paint dries way too fast to work on the door otherwise.

The first step in painting a garage door to look like wood is to clean the door very well.  I use a scotch brite pad and soap and water and scrub the door down.  Even a new door needs to be clean like this.  Then I prime the door and then once the primer is dried I apply the basecoat of paint.  The color of the basecoat of paint is chosen based on the wood tone desired.  So for this job I used a Sherwin Williams color called True Penny.  This gives me the orangish color you see as the base coat of paint.

Once that base coat of paint dried over night I can start the wood graining process.  The first step in that is to tape off the center panels like in the next picture.  I typically work on two rows at a time.  Each row has 8 panels in it.  Once I get the top two rows done I raise the door and do the bottom two rows.

 The next photo shows how I tape off the panels in each row. The x marks the center of the panel where I paint first.  I want to isolate that area and not get any paint in the space between the panels because in the center of the panels I am going to paint it in with a horizontal wood grain pattern and between the center of the panels I paint it in with a vertical grain pattern.

I double up the tape as you can see indicated by the white arrow.  That way it gives me plenty of protection from any over brush marks.

With this next photo you can see what I mentioned about brush overs onto the tape.  I want to start each horizontal brush stroke on the tape and end it on the tape.  That way when the tape is removed you have this clean line as you will see soon.  I use two colors to create the wood grain.  The photo below shows the first color painted on.  Keeping with the reddish Mahogany look I used a SW color called Fiery Brown.

The second color for the wood grain I used SW Black Bean.  This gives me the darker grain lines and makes the wood look richer.

The photo below shows the work done at the end of the day.  I was able to get the top two rows complete and two panels on the third row.  I always try to get the two panels done, with the first color only, on the next row before the end of the day.  That way it makes it easier the next day to  match up how dark I put on the first color brown.  

The next three photos show the completed door and some close-ups of the door.  The door came out really nice and the clients loved it.

The second part of this job is to paint the front door and sidelight to match the garage door.  I will working on that next.  The photo below is the before pic of the front door.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Painting doors to look like Wood

I finished up with a door painting project in which I painted two doors to look like wood.  This first door was painted in the garage.  This home is a new construction and the door was painted and then installed at a later date.

The first photo is the completed project.

The next photo is pretty revealing in that the base coat color was really that orange.  I used a Sherwin Williams color called True Penny for the base coat.  Then the first color of the wood grain is SW Terra Brun and the second and darker color brown for the wood grain is SW Black Bean.  The photo below shows how I have taped off the door to get started on it.  When I paint a door to look like wood I like to start from the inside panels and work outwards. The doors I painted where the over sized ones so I had to use a ladder to reach the top.

After I have created the wood grain I remove the tape.  The white arrows show the area left on the panels I need to paint.

The next photo shows how I have taped those areas off.

You can see in the close up how the wood grain is coming along.

Both panels are complete in the next photo.

The next shot shows how I have painted in the wood grain on the outside trim piece with the first color brown.  You can clearly see the difference between that step and the completed door.

This is the same area when done.

Again, the completed door painted to look like wood.  Both sides where done in the same way.

I also painted the front door at this new home in the same way but with a different color scheme.

For the front door I used a SW color called Tatami Tan for the base coat color.  Then the first color of the wood grain I used SW Java and the second and darker color I used Turkish Coffee (but ever so slightly).

After I finishing painting the doors to look like wood I applied a clear UV acrylic clear coat over them.