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How to Restore a Faded Garage Door

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Have you ever thought that your garage door has faded in colour? Garage doors typically fade over time; however, this occurs so slowly that some homeowners may not notice. If you have a faded garage door, let’s take a look at how to restore it.

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How to Restore a Faded Garage Door

Have you ever thought that your garage door has faded in colour? Garage doors typically fade over time; however, this occurs so slowly that some homeowners may not notice. If you have a faded garage door, let’s take a look at how to restore it. 

Why Do Garage Doors Fade? 

There are several reasons why you may have a faded garage door. However, the primary one is the sun. The ultraviolet light from the sun reacts with the surface of paint, breaking down molecular bonds over time. This is the primary process that causes paint to fade when exposed to sun. 

However, the sun is not the only culprit responsible for a faded garage door. Wind and rain also play an important role. This is particularly true for those living in coastal areas as salt can damage your garage door as well through the oxidation process. 

Should I Restore My Garage Door?

If you have a faded garage door, the first question you should ask yourself is, “should I restore it?” The answer largely depends on the amount of damage to the door. If the door has relatively little to no damage, you can definitely restore the garage door. However, if there is considerable damage, you should potentially consider a new door. 

A door with considerable amounts of damage would typically have lots of oxidation (i.e., rust) that penetrate into the door or significant amounts of cracks. If your door falls in this category, you may benefit from professionals like us in helping revitalize or replace it. 

How to Restore Your Garage Door

If you’ve decided to restore your garage door, the process is fairly simple. Follow these steps to make that faded garage door look new again. 

  1. Wash your garage door with a gentle detergent mixed with water. Kitchen soap is usually fine. This will help remove the debris. Typically, a basic kitchen brush will do the job. 
  2. Thoroughly rinse the door and repeat the first step if any tough areas are left. 
  3. If there is oxidation, remove it with a wire brush followed by another rinse. 
  4. Allow your garage door to dry. 
  5. Apply a colour-restoring paint solution to the garage door using a brush or cloth as indicated by the specific product instructions. These special paints penetrate the paint and revitalize the pigments. We recommend checking out Resene for appropriate products. 
  6. Let the product sit for the specified period of time (again, check the product’s instructions), typically about 15 minutes. Then, clean off any excess with a microfiber cloth. 

Final Thoughts

Restoring a garage door is an effective way to save money and time compared to repainting it. If you have a faded garage door, restoration is often an effective way to get it looking great. Of course, we are always happy to help do the work for you. Feel free to contact us with your needs. 

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