Faux wood garage door

Patrish10March 11, 2013

I have watched many youtube videos about faux painting a wood look garage door, but don't know what products to use. As a practice I put on a base coat of light orange, put on a walnut stain, but it simply ran off. I then tried the same base coat with a rust color paint mixed with flotrol, but not good either. Any suggestions would be appreciated. In case it matters, it's a double car alum/textured with panels

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You need to prep the surface by scrubbing it really well, rinse, let it dry.

Don't mix paint types - if the primer is water-based, use water-based paints for the color coats. If the primer is solvent-based, use solvent-based paints.

You will get the best results with a roller for the first color coat, then apply the "grain" paints with a brush and the faux-painting tools

Try this video:

Here is a link that might be useful: Primer for aluminum

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 1:51PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

We painted our garage door and the BM guys suggested we use stix primer to make sure the paint would adhere to the metal first, then paint over it.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 8:44AM
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Not to be a "Danny-downer", but I'd think about this a few times....

If not done well, it looks like H=LL IMO.

On my M-I-L's condo, they had done some "wood-graining" on steel passage doors....Uggghhhh....almost hurled every time I saw them. You may hurt resale-value some too.

If you HAVE to do it, use ZAR stains.
You'll need protective topcoats too, such as a Spar Polyurethane, since the ZAR is an Oil-based stain.

NOT tryin' to be harsh here, but there's 7,000 projects I'd do b4 this one.


    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 9:12PM
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