Painting An Over Sized Garage Door

I started a new job last week painting two over sized garage doors to look like wood.  One door is a double car garage door and the other is a single car garage door.  These are big doors.  They each are five rows high and the space between the panels is larger than normal also so the doors have a really high opening.

The first photo is the door after I got done cleaning it.  The door had been previously painted  as the same color of the home.  After cleaning the door really well I applied the base coat color.

In the next photo you can see how I have taped off the top three rows of panels.  I did the next day after the base coat of paint had time to thoroughly dry.  In my instructional tutorial on how to paint a garage door to look like wood I go over the taping off of the panels in great detail.  I have written instructions there plus photographs and most importantly I have several videos showing the technique I use and the reasons why I apply the tape the way I do.  The base coat of paint I used here is a Sherwin Williams color called Toasty.  It will give the wood grain look that warmth of real wood.

In the next photo I have painted in the horizontal grain in the center panels of the top three rows with the first color of wood grain brown that I use.  On this door the first color is a SW color called Terra Brun.  I have many short videos in my tutorial on my exact painting technique to achieve this look.

In the next photo you can see the panels are now darker.  I have applied the second coat of wood grain color which is again a SW color called Black Bean.  I use a very little amount of this color and put it on lightly.

The reason I tape off the panels is that I do not want the wood grain pattern to overlap onto the space between the center panels.  That space will get a vertical grain pattern.  The red arrow shows how I go past the end of the panel with the paint stroke onto the tape.  That is the best way to avoid any start and stop paint stroke marks on the panels.   The green arrows indicate the edge of the center of the panels.  When I tape off the area between the panels I put the tape right up to that lip but not on it.

This next photo shows the same panels but with the tape re-positioned to paint the vertical grain.  When I do that I leave about a 1/16 of an inch exposed as you can see indicated by the red arrows.  That way when I paint in the vertical grain it will overlap a tiny amount so there will be no unpainted base coat showing.

The next photo shows how I have painted in the space between the center panels with a vertical grain pattern.

A closer look at the vertical grain painting.

The next photo is the same panels after the second coat of dark brown (Black Bean) is on and the tape taken off.  This door is really coming out nice, just look at how much those panels look like real wood.

The last photo shows how much work I got done in one day painting the garage door to look like wood.  That is one heck of a lot work for one day and I am really happy I got that much done.  I went back today to carry on but got rained out after only an hour, so not much done today.   I hope the rain clears out tomorrow and I can carry on.


  1. Finished project photos?

  2. Looks great did you have to clear coat it so it does not fade from the sun ? We have a southern exposure so I am concerned all that work will just fade away . How is it holding out and how long has it been since you applied it ? Thank you

    1. This garage door was painted in Oct of 2014 and still looks good. I use high quality exterior acrylic paint that is rated for 25 years, of course I live in Florida that means 15 to 20. I always use an acrylic clear coat on top, (never use an oil based product on your door) not only to extent the life of the paint but for the look and ease of cleaning it. You basically want to wash the door yearly or so but wash it like you would wash your car, no abrasives, just soap and water with a cotton cloth. Hope this helps.


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