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Restoring a Dull Garage Door Panel


Restore GarageOver time, a garage door panel can lose its luster. If your garage door has seen better days, there’s a good chance you can polish it up so it looks brand-new again. First, it’s important to check your garage door for any signs of damage. If you do have a damaged garage door, then you should consider a new garage door installation instead of trying to polish it. A broken garage door is a safety hazard and not something that should be left as is.

Restoration in 7 Steps

The outside elements can be harsh on a garage door – even if it’s received multiple coats of paint and a sealant. Eventually, your door’s color will fade and unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to prevent it. However, you can restore it to its former glory.

  1. To begin, wash your garage door with a gentle soap. Warm water, a mild detergent, and a rag or nylon scrub brush work well.

  2. Wipe and rinse it clean with your garden hose.

  3. Allow the panel to air dry, or expedite the process with a dry rag.

  4. Make sure to remove garage door rust if you see any. Metal doors are especially vulnerable to salt, dirt and moisture that can lead to oxidation and rust. So, keep a close eye on that.

  5. Next, strip off any remaining paint with a palm sander or medium-grit sandpaper.

  6. Apply a paint primer to your panel. Use a primer containing zinc chromate if you’re dealing with rust.)

  7. You can then apply a few layers of paint, making sure to allow each coat to dry before applying the next layer. A paint roller works for flat doors, but a paintbrush is better for textured doors with heavy ridges.

While DIY garage door repair can be a lot of work, it can also save you some money. However, do note, that while painting a panel is a safe task, we don’t recommend trying to fix broken garage door parts on your own. It’s usually much safer and easier to have a professional take care of issues that involve your door’s hardware.

Once you’ve finished painting the door, you’re all done and it should now look brand-new!

How to Tell If You Have a Broken Garage Door

If your garage door is not opening, then don’t panic. There’s a good chance that it could be as something as simple as a dead remote or power outage. Start by checking the batteries in your remote or use the wall switch instead. If the door still doesn’t open, then verify that you don’t have any power outage issues. Just because the electricity is on in the rest of your house doesn’t mean that a fuse wasn’t blown or that there’s an issue in the garage. Try plugging your opener into a different socket to be sure. If you’re still having issues, then it’s possible you have a broken part on the panel or with the opener.