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Tips & Tricks for Painted Garage Doors

Your garage door is one of the most visible parts of your home — so much so that replacement delivers the second highest ROI of any home renovation project. But a refreshed garage door can contribute to your home’s style, too. A simple coat of paint will elevate your aesthetic within mere hours. Decorative coatings have evolved to include a range of innovative new textures. You can finally achieve those rustic graphites and pewters of your antique décor dreams.

Contact us if you’re ready to replace your garage door, or keep reading to learn more about refreshing your current door with one of our high-quality paints.

Garage Door Painting Tips

Planning on installing one of our doors and painting it yourself? When it comes to garage door paint, it’s recommended to paint it the same color as the:

  • Front door
  • Trim
  • Siding (just be sure it balances out the trim and front door)

It’s a good idea to use high-quality latex paint. Our professionals are happy to discuss garage door painting tips, but keep in mind that we do offer a variety of paint colors for our doors.

Know Your Materials

Choosing the color is the fun part, but you’ll need to spend some time choosing a paint type to make sure it adheres well to your garage door. Depending on what your door is made of, some paints will give you a more attractive finish than others.


Acrylic latex and powder coatings were once the only go-to options for metal garage doors, but the industry has achieved more berth in recent years. Today’s coatings don’t just beautify; they prevent rust and UV damage, too. They can achieve a cleanable surface and even negate the need for priming. Whether you’re looking for a sleek hammered finish or a semi-gloss surface, we have the palette to suit your curb. Try a two-toned finish to add dimension to your architecture.


Aluminum is the architect’s choice for its rust resistance and ductile surface, but it doesn’t adhere well. A good primer will prevent oxidation and add longevity. Powder coatings and acrylics are a practical option, but metal spray paints can achieve more adherence. Rust-Oleum has taken the market by storm with its range of protective coatings. Bored with your black garage doors? Then choose from our 188 powder coating colors.


Latex and vinyl don’t make a happy pair. You’ll need better adhesion and thermal reactivity to prevent cracks and chips. Urethane-modified acrylics handle vinyl’s flexibility well, expanding and contracting with your doors throughout the day. Unlike most surface paints, thinner is better. Vinyl demands a careful layering of fine mist coats. Nothing beats vinyl coatings for vinyl doors. Durafirm’s collection is thermally efficient and protects your home from outdoor noise. Better yet, it shouldn’t need primer. Try their neutral whites and creams to brighten up your door.


Fiberglass is incredibly smooth, so most coatings don’t adhere to it well, particularly in humid climates. Latex-acrylics, resins and epoxies are up for the task. They come with the happy side effect of achieving gorgeous textures and washes. If you’re looking for an easy, ready-to-use option, polyurethane will give you the fuss-free coat you’re looking for. Primer can add texture for extra adhesion.

Contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie to Bring Color to Your Garage

At Overhead Door, we bring you the slickest and most contemporary coatings in the industry. We can help if you’re interested in installing a painted garage door on your central Indiana home. Color samples are available through your local Overhead Door distributor — Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie! Contact us when you’re ready to add beauty to your curb appeal.

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