We love simple DIY projects because of the big impact they can have on the appearance of your home. One such project is the humble metal garage door. Remembering that it is a far better and cheaper option to ‘maintain’ than ‘replace’ – and because saving money is so motivating – here is our expert step-by-step guide to bringing a rusty metal garage door back to life. Ready?

Let’s get started!

PROJECT RESTORE YOUR GARAGE DOOR

With a bit of care, attention and a splash of colour you can get rid of rust and restore your door (or almost any metal item) to as-new condition. Everything you need to complete this project is available from Paint Place. Got questions? Bring them with you and ask the experts.

WHAT YOU NEED

Drop sheets, paint kettle, Paint stirrer, high-pressure hose, sugar soap ,wire brush, sanding block, rust neutraliser, spray gun or paintbrush (we’ve used a wide filament brush in this demonstration), primer, and a qulity exterior paint

If you have a new aluminum roller door, you’re in luck as this material will not rust. You can still refresh with a splash of colour, using a quality exterior paint. So skip steps 3&4 below.

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PREPARATION,

PREPARATION,

PREPARATION

One thing we always emphasise is the importance of preparation. Yes, it will probably take the largest amount of your time, but you need a clean slate before you start applying the primer and paint. Any short cuts now are a direct route to disappointment. Steel thyself.

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STEP 1:

WASH THE DOOR

The deciding factor to the quality of the finish you will get begins at the start of the project. Ideally, use a high-pressure hose for this step. Get right into the crevices and remove every bit of dirt, grease and dust. Wash it down with sugar soap and inspect the surface closely for any bits you may have missed.

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STEP 2:

SCRUB, SCRUB, SCRUB

 

Using a wire brush (or paint scraper) and sanding block, remove all the rust flakes and peeling paint, every last jot. Crank up the tunes and enjoy the obliteration process!

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STEP 3: NEUTRALISE THE RUST

By now, you should be working with a smooth surface, the reward of effort. A rust neutraliser is one of life’s DIY miracles. It will chemically react with the rust to create a neutral surface that won’t rust any further and acts as a bonding agent with the paint. Our recommendation? Killrust Rust-Eater.

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STEP 4:

TIME TO PRIME

Pause to admire the great preparation job you did then prime the surface with Killrust Heavy Duty Primer using a quality paintbrush.

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FINAL STEP:

ADD A SPLASH OF COLOUR

The satisfying final step and the finishing touch to all your hard work. Consider painting the door the same colour as your house if you want to keep it from standing out. It can make your home look larger too. You may need 2 coats, just follow the instructions from the experts at Paint Place. If you’re wanting to match a Colorbond finish, we recommend you use a Satin paint sheen.

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ONE DAY YOU WILL ENJOY FOR YEARS TO COME

Not only will you enjoy using your garage door more, you’ll be amazed at the difference a well-maintained look can make to the curb appeal of your home.

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