Saturday, December 8, 2012

Nice Job On Garage Door

This garage door project came out great.  I was commissioned to paint 2 double garage doors to look like wood and to match the wood tone of the front door.  It happens quite frequently that when I paint a garage door to look like wood I match it to the front door or even paint the front door to look like wood at the same time so they all look alike.  This project is on the beach in the St. Petersburg, Clearwater area.

This first photo shows where I have already primed and painted a basecoat on the garage door and then painted in the central panels to look like wood.


This next photo gives some insight into how I go about painting the garage door to look like it would look if it were an actual wood door.  With a real wood door the grain direction in the areas I have circled in red would be vertical.  So when I paint a garage door to look like wood I want those areas to have a vertical grain pattern just like a real wood door would have.


So you can see in the next photo with the red circled areas how I painted in the wood grain in a vertical pattern.  You can also see how I tape off each section as I paint them.  The area between the blue arrows is painted in a horizontal pattern and in this photo it shows how it looks after the first pass of brown.  You can see in the panels above and below how much darker it will get after the next pass.  The second pass is with a very much darker brown.


The final look came out great and you can not tell from driving by in the street that the door is not wood.  Heck, you have to walk up to it and knock on it to see its not wood, the door looks that great.  After I painted the other garage door to look like wood it matched this one perfectly.


11 comments:

  1. What is the base color you used on this door. This looks more like my front door which I would like to match to my garage.

    Thanks, your work is beautiful.

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  2. amazing work. I am inspired to give it a try.

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  3. What color brown? Java? Or Firey brown? Terra brun?

    This is my favorite door you've done. I think because it has a lighter tone and a little more variation in you wood grain.

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    1. I mixed Jave and Terra Brun together for these doors because I matched the existing front door and I needed to do that to get the color right.

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    2. Great job..simply just amazing..but i have just a plain flat garage door,have you done any like that .the raised panels on the doors you have done just give it some much dimension.Dennis

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    3. Send me a picture of the door so I can see what you have and maybe I can recommend something.

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  4. What color of base and top coat would I use to look like Mahogany wood

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  5. When I want a really rich mahogany look I use Sherwin Williams color True Penny for the base coat, then the first coat of brown I use Fiery Brown and then Turkish Coffee on that for the second and darker coat of Brown.

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  6. No glaze or extenders involved? How about a wood graining tool? Would those doors look weird if you did everything on the vertical?

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    1. I do not use any glaze, I only thin with water. I use a brush for the wood grain because it looks like a high quality wood grain when I use a brush. Those wood grain tools work ok on a smooth surface but make the wood look like a lesser quality of wood cut. If that the look you are going for then they are ok. Like a more rustic, country type of look.

      When you look at good expensive quality wood doors you don't see a grain like the wood grain tools give you. But like I said sometimes you might want that look.

      A vertical grain across all the door would not look good to me. I have seen where sometimes people have just used a horizontal grain across the whole door however.

      But my reasoning behind the way I paint the grain in is that if the door were indeed made with real wood door, then the way I paint the grain is the way the grain would be.

      I sell a complete step by step tutorial on how to paint a garage door to look like wood on this site. You can find it in the menu bar above.

      Hope this helps,

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