Top Tips to Restore a Wooden Garage Door

Top Tips to Restore a Wooden Garage Door

Wooden garage doors are the most popular options to create a beautifully traditional look for your home. However, the wooden garage door requires care to keep it looking in top condition, without regular maintenance, the garage door can look dull and faded. On this month’s blog post, we’re going to share some tips on how to restore your old timber garage door to its original beauty and to get it looking great again. 

Signs for Refurbish the Wooden Garage Door

Extreme weather and old age can cause small cracks and holes in a wooden garage door. The wooden garage door, just like other fine pieces of furniture, needs some simple and regular maintenance to keep it looking nice. Below are some signs that your wooden garage doors need to be refurbished, either painted or stained to give it a fresh new look.

• Hairline cracks appear in the top layer of finish

• Change in the colour of the garage door, such as faded or uneven paints or dull looking

• The door finish is having some flaking or scaling texture

Sanding Tools
Overhead view of sanding and painting equipment positioned on rustic wooden boards. Items include electric sander, mask, stir stick, sand paper, scrapper, sanding block, and brushes.

Gather the Tools Required

You will need some supplies before you begin the repair process, these including;

Prepare the Door for refinish

1. Sanding and Repairing

It’s best practice to prepare your wooden garage door before painting or staining. Start with the repairing process, remove flaking and peeling paint using a scraper, a belt sander or a liquid stripper, whichever is more suited for the task required. You may need to replace any damaged wood or repair any cracks.

 Apply the exterior caulk to the seams and cracks with a caulking gun. Fill the holes and the areas where the rotted wood has been removed with a wood filler that can be sanded. Allow the filler to dry before moving on to the next step.

Sand the patched areas using an electric sander with a medium-grit sandpaper to save you time. Sand the whole area of the garage door if there were a lot of peeling paint. Hand sanders and palm sanders can be used after the initial sanding, this is to get into the areas that other tools can’t reach.

A fine electric sander is recommended for getting into the corners and in between panels. Once this process has been done, move on to spray the door with a degreasing cleaner and apply a mildewcide cleaner to remove the mildew if there is any, rinse it with water and let it dry completely before the next paint or stain application.

2. Timber Treatment

Some natural timbers like redwood or cedar contains natural acids called tannins that protect the tree from fire and the tannins can come to the surface when the door is being cleaned, this could cause the door to have a dark appearance that will spoil the look of the wooden door. You can use a wood brightening treatment to restore the wood’s real colour, but make sure to leave it dry for at least 24 hours.

3. Masking Tasks

Mask the area before the painting or staining, make sure the areas that you don’t want the paint to get to are covered with masking tape and paper.

How to Paint or Stain the Garage Door 

Tips and Warnings 

After the wooden garage door has been restored to a new look, make sure to undergo regular maintenance to keep it healthy and good looking. However, when a wooden garage door is too severely damaged, it may not be able to be restored to the condition that you wish. In this case, a replacement wooden garage door may be the best choice for you. If you need any assistance on wooden garage doors and gates, feel free to contact us on 01844 342036, our friendly team are always happy to help.

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Yellow garage door with green plants.