Saturday, September 12, 2015

Paint A RV Garage Door To Look Like Wood

I painted my first big RV garage door to look like wood this week.  There were several challenges with painting this big door that I do not usually encounter with a standard size door but I was able to create a really nice wood look on the big garage door.

I sell an ebook tutorial that explains the step by step process I use to create this look on a garage door. The Garage Door Tutorial here.

The first photo is the completed project.  You can see how tall the door is.  A standard garage door is 4 rows high but this one is 7 rows high.

garage door painted to look like wood

I always start a garage door painting project by cleaning the door really well with a scrub pad and soap and water.  Then I apply a primer coat and then the base coat of paint.   In the next photo it shows where I have primed the door and I am almost finished applying the base coat of paint.  In this case the color of the base coat of paint is a SW color called Tanbark.

I give the base coat a full day to dry before I start to create the wood grain look on it.  Then I start at the top and tape off the center panels for painting.  Once the center panels are done I re-position the tape so I can paint the space between the panels.  The white arrows in the next photo show where I have re-positioned the tape and the green show where I have not yet done that.  I re-position the tape because in the space between the center panels I paint that area with a vertical grain as opposed to a horizontal grain of center panel itself.

Once a row of panels are painted I paint the space between them with a horizontal grain pattern.  In the next photo you can see how I tape off the door for that step.  The door is 12 feet high so I had to use my 8 foot ladder to get to the top but even that was a stretch for me.

The following picture shows the top 4 rows complete.  That took a long day to get that done with all the ladder work involved but you can see how great it is coming out.

painting a garage door

Here is another look at the RV garage door painted to look like wood.  The homeowners are really pleased with the outcome.

RV garage door painted like wood

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Garage Door

I finished painting the two car garage door on Friday.   I really had some good luck with this garage door.  First of all the door is on the north side of the home so I was in the shade all day and second of all I didn't get rained out.

Typically it takes one day to clean, prime and then paint on the base coat of paint.  Then the next day I can start to paint the garage door to look like wood.  On this job I have two garage doors to paint to look like wood.  A single door and a double door.  I created the wood look on the single garage door first then moved onto the bigger door.

The first day on the bigger door was a really productive day.  I was able to paint all the panels on 4 rows  to look like wood.  The first photo is at the end of the day.

paint a garage door to look like wood

The next day I started off by painting the wood grain in on the space between the rows of panels.  When I do this I tape off the top two rows and then paint them.  After they are done I raise up the garage door so I can get the bottom two horizontal spaces.  In the next photo you can see how I am ready to paint in the top two horizontal spaces having taped them off.

After I have painted the entire door to look like wood I apply by brush a clear acrylic top coat that is UV protective.  The last photo shows both doors complete.  They came out great and the homeowners are thrilled with the result.

two garage doors painted to look like wood