Remember the days when dad would have the garage so piled up with tools that if you parked the car too much to the left or to the right you might find some old relics fly across your windshield?
Those days are long gone. Today the garage has entered into the realm of cool new places to be in the home and no longer ignored or piled up.
So, if you are planning to redo the old drab garage and add life through color then there are a few things you are going to have to keep in mind.
Interior Surface and Garage Door Preparation
Depending on what part of the world you are in, you have to consider the climate, the materials covering your walls, ceiling, floor, and garage doors.
If you are looking to leave any drywall or garage door surfaces exposed, then you are going to want to prime them and seal them properly. Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer is great for exteriors as well as interiors.
It is also a great stain blocker that hides greasy spots you may have in the garage. Please keep in mind that you are going to want to fill in any cracks first to ensure a smooth finish.
Another good primer that can help your paint job become a smooth one is Sherwin Williams new Water Blocking Primer. This is a great primer for the garage because it helps eliminate damp odors found in your garage and good for waterproofing.
It is also a zero VOC primer which is environmentally_friendly. Zero VOC products are becoming increasingly available in all kinds of building products, contribute to a greener home, and are essential for people with breathing disorders.
Choosing Paint Colors
For the inside of the garage, there are endless colors to choose from and depending on your style. The most important thing is that you have good quality paint in the garage that will provide coverage against mildew.
Benjamin Moores Aura Premium Interior Paint allows you to paint no more than two coats, it is resistant against mildew, and it has a Color Lock Technology that wont rub off your walls.
This is a great paint for a variety of surfaces where paint durability is essential and color freshness is desired.
The Garage Door Exterior
Your Garage may have a manual roller shutter door or an electric one, but painting the garage door is an exciting adventure when there are endless colors to choose from.
A great color brings harmony and balance to the home and spruces up your curb appeal. Adding accent colors are great ways to have your garage door stand out on its own.
But Latex or Oil-Based Paint?
Good question. Latex is the best choice, especially on the exterior, because it has superior flexibility properties to handle the expansion and contraction that accompanies weather and temperature changes.
A good exterior paint is not only essential but beneficial because it will withstand all exterior conditions of the year. A good exterior paint to consider is Sherwin Williams Duration Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint.
Why? Because it goes on 70% thicker, cutting your labor time in half. It is good against peeling which is backed up by Sherwin Williams guarantee that it wont peel for as long as you own your home.
To Roll or Spray Paint?
In all honesty, either method can be used. That being said, for a superior, smoother finish, spraying is the preferred method. If you decide to go this route, spray on a day when the breeze is at a minimum.
If you choose to use a brush to cut in the borders and a roller on the wide open spaces, go slow an monitor your progress. Avoid runs, irregular streaking, and ripples.
If you have any tips or tricks that you would like to add, please do so in the comment section below!