Tape Off A Garage Door To Paint

I finished up painting a metal garage door to look like wood in St. Petersburg. I have a few of the steps outlined in this post.
Take a look at this first picture. What I have done so far is to paint the base color on the door. The base color is a Ben Moore exterior low lustre Moreguard paint called Peanut Butter.
Then I tape off the individual panels as shown. (The homeowner had masked off the windows before I got there with paper as you can see. ) In the picture I have already finished one row of panels.

In the next picture I show the first step in painting a panel. I take and paint in the tapered sides of the panel with vertical strokes.

Then I paint in the center of the panel with horizontal strokes.

Then I finish off the panel by painting in the horizontal tapered edges.

I usually go down the entire row like that and even do another row while the first row is drying. Then I do the exact same procedure again with the second coat which is a different color a much darker brown. By the way the first color brown is a Ben Moore color called Pancake syrup. The second and darker color is made by mixing Black Bean Soup into the Pancake syrup color. You can see it doesn't get much darker because I have diluted the mixed dark brown with a clear acrylic exterior sealer.

Not done yet with the panels. To finish off the center of the panels I wait for them to dry and then apply a second coat of the darker color just on the tapered 'frame' part around the center. I call this 'picture framing' and you can see the darker 'picture frame' effect it has in the picture below.

The next step is to paint in the vertical pieces between the panels. So I tape them off like you can see in the picture below. I do the same thing as before. Paint them in with vertical strokes with the pancake syrup and then when that dries paint over it with one coat of the diluted darker color.

Next are the horizontal pieces that go all the way across the door. I tape them off and paint them in the same way. You can see in the picture below where I have painted in the first coat of the brown that is lighter than the other painted spaces. It needs the second coat to look good and give the door a more authentic wood look.

So all done now. The last spaces to paint are the vertical spaces at either side of the door. I paint the door in this manner because if it where real wood that is the way the grain would run. The door came out great and the client loved it.


  1. That looks great! I love your work. Is it possible for you to send me detailed instructions on how to do this myself? I noticed some people requesting this in your previous work as far as the wood grain on the garage door. Thank You! Keep up the great work, definately an inspiration. malter@johnchristian.com

  2. I was about to purchase gelstain today until I read your blog! You mention adding Varathane to the second coat but did you add it to the first? When adding the second color is it mixed well or do you leave it partially-mixed. I picture it not fully mixed to give you a streaking pattern but I am probably wrong. I also would like to request some detailed instructions, mix ratios etc. What shade of wood color has looked best against a medium to dark gray house? Oak? Cherry? Mahogany? And if you have a preference what colors do you use to obtain that shade? I only get one shot at this! I can only hope to have a fraction of your talent with a brush.

  3. Brandon, give me your email address and I will send written instructions. or email by clicking on my website and then the contact page. That way I will get your email address to send the instructions.

  4. I just stumbled on to your blog, looking for wood tone exterior glazing to hold glass onto an antique door we had refinished.
    all I can find is white which would look terrable. Any suggestions?
    Now have another request- I love the garage door and have one two and one single garage doors next to eachother. They are cream color on a yellowish brown brick house with otherwise, dark brown trim, they stick out like two sore thumbs. I would like suggestions for color and any specific directions you can send me. I am excited to try your idea as I was going to paint them anyway- How long do you expect the paint job to last? Barb

  5. I am sorry but I have no idea about the window glazing.

    IF you email me at my regular email I can send you written instructions for painting a garage door.

  6. please email me detailed instructions at raiaman78@gmail.com

  7. great job !!! I've been looking for hours at faux painting projects and yours is the best I've seen. Please send me detailed instructions.

    Thank you


  8. do you put one or w coats of the first step? and do you thin down the 2nd step or use straight paint?

  9. Great job. The ugly garage door is a personal beef of mine. That is why I created several pages on the garage door problem at my website at http://www.house-design-coffee.com/contemporary-garage-doors.html . I'd like to add a picture of your work with a link to this page. If you don't like that idea, let me know. If you do, let me know.


  10. Would you please send me instructions for painting a garage door?

  11. Look in the menu bar at the top of the page. There is a tab there for the written instructions.

  12. LOVE LOVE LOVE your work. My double metal garage door has been painted white for all of it's 12 year. I thought it was just dirty, but turns out the paint has been scraped away by the raising and lowering of the door by the weather stripping. Any thoughts? Can I do without the weather stripping? Thanks for any advice.

  13. Just want to say how generous of you it is to share this incredible technique with all of us homeowners out here. Thanks so much!


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