Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Job Well Done

I had a good day today in Tampa and finished up painting the garage door to look like wood.  In this first picture I wanted to show you how I tape off the vertical areas.  I don't use tape on the straight vertical line of the panel as that's easy not to over paint on.  Then with the areas taped off like this I apply the brown first then after that dries the black brown. 

Once the whole door is done I go back and add another pass around the beveled edges of the panels.  This is what I call picture framing.  It really makes a big difference on how the final presentation looks when you do this.  Sets the whole garage door off.  After the door is done you can't tell its not wood, especially driving by.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Getting Started On Faux Wood Grain

I started on a new garage door job in Tampa yesterday.  I got the door cleaned, primed and base coat painted first day.  First photo is showing the door primed and half done with the base coat.

In the next photo you can how I tape off the center panels.  I use a lot of tape doing garage doors.  For a double door like this I use about 2.5 rolls of tape.  I always use the tape for delicate surfaces.

This last photo is how far I got today.  That's a lot of work for one day.  I have applied 2 coats of the wood grain color so all that you see was painted over twice.  I use two coats, one a medium brown and one a much darker brown on top of that.  I will paint in the vertical spaces and end caps tomorrow and then apply 2 coats of a clear uv sealer.