The garage is not just a place where we protect our car or our bicycles from wind and weather. It is also part of our home and usually catches the eye immediately when we take a look at the driveway from the street. Weathered garage doors with faded paint and peeled paint are simply not a pretty sight. To ensure that the door remains protected from dirt and weather, regular maintenance is essential. Wind and weather, scratches and scratches – your garage door has to endure a lot. Treat him from time to time with fresh paint for a new shine. Find out how easy it is here.

How can I paint and maintain my garage door
How can I paint and maintain my garage door

How do I care for a painted garage door?

If lacquered gates are not adequately cleaned and cared for, they are more susceptible to environmental influences and will eventually no longer look good. Dull and heavily weathered paint surfaces are best treated thoroughly with water first and then with a paint cleaner. In addition, rough surfaces are smoothed and stubborn dirt is removed.

How do I care for and glaze my wooden gate?

Regular maintenance is also important for wooden gates so that the wood remains beautiful and is protected. Therefore, as with garden furniture and the like, the surface should be re-glazed at least once a year. It is best to test the glaze in advance in an inconspicuous area to prevent possible damage. Also make sure to avoid dark glazes on gates with direct sunlight. The manufacturer’s instructions explain how to apply the glaze for best results. Varnishes are not suitable for wooden gates, as they seal off the surface and no moisture exchange can take place.

• Carefully remove dirt and dust from the surface with a clean cloth and water
• Sand the wooden garage door with sandpaper (280 grit)
• Glaze with a high-quality, water-based glaze for dimensionally stable external components

In order to protect the material in wooden garage doors, the wood should be repainted regularly.

Which components on the garage door also have to be maintained?

In order for the garage door to function optimally, the hinges and roller holder should be treated with spray oil or spray grease every three months. The running rails of the gate do not require any further maintenance. Oiling and greasing is actually rather counterproductive for running tracks, as dust and dirt settle better over time. Ultimately, this leads to difficult gate travel. As grease and oil also become firmer, the door is braked even further. Ideally, treat the profile cylinders with a maintenance spray every two years. Stainless steel elements should be treated with a special stainless steel cleaner and care approximately every three months.

How can I paint or repaint my garage door?

Sometimes the gate is so dirty and, especially with old gates, badly worn by the weather, so thorough cleaning does not help. If the old garage door is still in good condition right down to the surface, a new coat of paint can be useful. Depending on the material (steel, aluminum or wood), there are various things to consider when painting the garage door. In the following instructions we give you tips on how to paint your steel, aluminum or wooden gate.

Which colors are suitable for painting garage doors?

Before you paint the garage door, it’s time to choose the new color. No matter whether you choose a white, gray or unusual garage door color. It is important that the garage door paint is suitable for outdoors. The best way to get advice on choosing the right paint is to contact a specialist dealer. There you have garage door paint in various colors to choose from.


Paint the garage door out of sheet steel.

Clean the gate with a hand brush. Remove peeling paint and coarse dirt.
Remove old paint with coarse sandpaper.
Grind off rust spots and treat with rust converter, level with filler if necessary, re-sand the treated area.
Thorough cleaning with a brush or dust broom.
Apply primer / anti-rust primer evenly in 2 layers and let each dry.
Roughen the surface with fine sandpaper and remove the sanding residue.
Intermediate painting: Uniform painting with colored paint.
Let dry, roughen with fine sandpaper and dust off thoroughly.
Apply colored varnish evenly as top coat.


Paint galvanized garage door.

Clean the garage door and remove any peeling paint.
No sanding as the galvanized surface could be damaged.
Cleaning with special zinc cleaner (acid solution) or wetting agent wash. Wash off with plenty of clear water.
Apply primer for galvanized surfaces 2x evenly and let dry.
Roughen the surface with fine sandpaper and remove the sanding residue.
Even painting with a paint suitable for zinc and let dry.
Roughen again with fine sandpaper and remove dust.
Final painting: Uniform painting with a paint suitable for zinc.


Paint the garage door out of aluminum.

Clean the aluminum gate with a broom.
Sand or grind old paint. Use fine sandpaper.
Cleaning with silicone cleaner.
Prime the door evenly with an adhesive primer for aluminum. Let it dry and repeat this process.
Roughen the surface with a fine-grain sandpaper and remove dust.
Even application of the intermediate coat. Use a paint suitable for aluminum.
Let the paint dry and then roughen with fine sandpaper. Dust the gate.
Apply the top coat.


Paint the varnished garage door out of wood.

Clean the gate with a hand broom. Remove any loose paint.
Sand the old paint layer and the raw wood thoroughly.
If necessary, compensate for damage with filler, re-sand the treated area. Thorough cleaning of the surface.
Prime raw wood with diluted varnish and paint 2x with less diluted varnish. Sand the areas treated in this way after they have dried out.
Apply the primer with a primer suitable for the subsequent coat and let it dry.
Top coat with a weatherproof paint. Apply at least twice, lightly sand the paint in between.


Paint glazed wooden garage door.

Clean the garage door with a hand brush. Remove loose glaze residues.
Sand the glaze and the raw wood thoroughly.
Thoroughly clean the surface.
Prime the raw wood with a thinned glaze and another two times with a less thinned glaze. Possibly. adjust the glaze to the existing color with a little stain. Let everything dry out thoroughly and then sand.
Base coat: apply wood glaze.
Let dry, roughen with fine sandpaper, clean surface.
Top coat: Apply wood glaze.