Painting wood garage door questions

summerblueOctober 19, 2011

I have an old wood garage door that is in good shape. It hasn't been painted in a long time though. I think I want to paint it white. What type paint is used, an oil based paint or latex? Also, would you use a flat or semi-gloss? I think flat would show the dirt more but would the semi-gloss be too shiny? Thanks!

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brickeyee

Make sure you paint both sides to limit warping.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2011 at 10:16AM
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summerblue

The door is a very heavy thick wood door, original to the house. I really didn't plan on painting the inside. Why would the door warp? Do you have any idea what paint to use as I posted earlier? Thanks!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2011 at 12:16AM
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brickeyee

Warping is caused by changes in the moisture content of wood, and any differences in the distribution of the moisture in the wood will only exaggerate warping.

The link below details how wood moves with moisture content changes and variation.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wood Handbook, Chapter 3

    Bookmark   October 25, 2011 at 11:57AM
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summerblue

Thank you for the link but I am unable to open it. I will be painting the inside also , so again, thanks for your advice.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 6:52PM
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sofaspud

Summer, I would recommend cross-posting this to the Paint forum. You'll get some good responses there on how to prep and paint it.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2011 at 12:23PM
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brickeyee

"Thank you for the link but I am unable to open it."

It is a standard PDF file.

You likely do not have Acrobat or another PDF reader.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2011 at 11:24AM
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summerblue

Thanks for getting back to me. The door has been painted this pass weekend, inside and out. I was going to do it myself but hired someone instead. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2011 at 4:07PM
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