Many people praise garages for their convenience, but garage doors have a significant impact on the aesthetic of your home. It’s important to keep your garage door looking great, so if yours is starting to show its age, that might mean it’s time to break out the paintbrushes.
While it seems simple enough, it’s really important you have the right tools for painting to get the best results. This article will help you find the best brush for garage doors by covering the following:
- 10 best paintbrushes for garage doors
- What’s the best type of brush for garage doors?
- Best way to paint garage doors: brush, roller, or spray?
- Best way to paint garage doors without marks
Before we get into some painting tips, let’s dive into the best brushes to paint garage doors. If you plan on doing additional painting around your home, check out the best paintbrushes for walls.
10 best paintbrushes for garage doors
Choosing the right paint tools for your garage doors can be tricky. To help you get started, here are our recommendations for the best paintbrushes for garage doors, with some rollers and sprayers for a faster job.
Material: Nylon-Plus and nylon blend
Best Feature: Controllability
The Wooster Ultra/Pro Extra-Firm Lindbeck Angle Sash Paintbrush is a great choice for any edging and cutting-in required on your garage door. The stiff bristles help you maintain control while you’re painting. Its handle is also designed to help you maintain comfort throughout the process.
Size: ⅜-inch nap, 9-inch length
Material: Woven Dralon
Best Feature: Value
If you’re looking for a trusty set of rollers for your garage door, opt for the Purdy White Dove Roller Covers. These covers are made of quality fabric that will help you achieve a smooth finish and even coverage. They also work well with all paint types.
Size: 6.8 kg
Best Feature: Quality
The Graco Magnum Project Painter Plus Paint Sprayer is great for working on larger projects like garage doors. This sprayer is easy to hold and use, and it allows you to control the pressure to get your desired level of coverage. It also has a hose that allows you to spray paint directly from the bucket.
Best Feature: Smooth finish
For a paintbrush perfect for cutting-in and edging your garage door, check out the Wooster Softip Angle Sash Paintbrush. This brush is made of quality materials that will help you get the coverage you desire. It works great with all oil and latex-based paints.
Size: ⅜-inch nap, 9-inch length
Best Feature: Coverage
The Linzer Foam Paint Roller Cover is ideal for those working on a garage door with a smooth surface. This foam roller cover will help you deposit more paint in less time and achieve great coverage. It works great with enamel and latex-based paints.
Size: 5.08 kg
Best Feature: Multi-usage
For a sprayer guaranteed to give your garage doors a smooth finish, you need the Wagner SprayTech Control Spray Max HVLP Paint or Stain Sprayer. This sprayer uses high volume, low pressure (HVLP) technology that will help you achieve great coverage. It is also easy to control and leaves behind very little mess.
Best Feature: Flexible handle
If comfort is a top concern of yours, try the Wooster Shortcut Angle Sash Paintbrush. This brush is made with a short, flexible handle, allowing you to work for longer and in tighter spaces. It’s made of quality material that will help you maintain control and great results.
Size: ¾-inch nap, 9-inch length
Best Feature: Versatility
For those working on a garage door with a bit of texture, try the Purdy Colossus Roller Cover. This roller cover is designed to give you beautiful coverage on textured surfaces. It also works great with oil and latex-based paints.
Size: 11.8 kg
Best Feature: Easy to use
Also from Graco, the Magnum X7 Cart Airless Paint Sprayer is designed to make painting your garage easier. This sprayer is easy to maneuver to paint larger projects, no matter how wide or high. It also allows you to spray directly from the paint bucket and conveniently move it around with you.
Material: CT polyester
Best Feature: Softness
Also from Wooster, the Silver Tip Angle Sash Paintbrush is a great option for cutting-in and edging. This brush is made with soft bristles, helping you achieve a mark-free finish. The material is also super durable, allowing you to reuse it for various projects to come.
What’s the best type of brush for garage doors?
- Brush — Paintbrushes should be between 2-inch and 2.5 inch, angled, and be made of synthetic materials. This is ideal for cutting-in, edgework, or painting smaller panels.
- Roller — Paint roller covers should have between a ⅜-inch and ¾-inch nap with a 9-inch length, and they should be made of either foam or synthetic material fabrics. This will help you get the best coverage in less time.
- Sprayer — Paint sprayers should have high volume, low pressure (HVLP) technology and either be lightweight or easy to maneuver. This will help you comfortably and quickly apply paint while speeding up the process.
Best way to paint garage doors: brush, roller, or spray?
When it comes to what tools to use to paint your garage door, your best option will actually be to use both a brush and a roller. Paintbrushes are ideal for cutting-in and painting the edges of your garage door. This will help the paint blend smoothly and help you ensure that you can paint areas that rollers might miss. Rollers, however, are the best at painting the main surface of the garage door given its larger size. Using a roller this way will help you speed up the process and achieve a desirable finish.
You do have the option of using a sprayer on your garage door. They’re great at applying paint quickly and easily while giving you beautiful coverage. However, sprayers are expensive and could possibly create a bit of a mess.
Choose a brush if…
- You want to properly cut in and paint the edges of your garage door.
- You’re painting smaller sections of the garage door.
- You want more control and better coverage.
Choose a roller if…
- You want to prioritize both speed and quality.
- You want to achieve smooth, even coverage.
- You’re working with a mostly flat surface.
Choose a spray if…
- You want to apply paint quickly.
- You have money to spend.
- You don’t mind potentially making a mess.
Best way to paint garage doors without marks
When painting your garage doors yourself, you might be feeling anxious about how it will turn out. Here are some tips to follow on painting your garage doors without marks:
- Check the weather — Double check the forecast beforehand to ensure you won’t be working in rain or humidity that could jeopardize your work.
- Sand off the old — Use sandpaper to remove the old layer of paint. This will help the new paint stick better and achieve a smoother, more even coverage.
- Clean the doors — Use a damp cloth to wipe down your garage doors. This will remove any dirt and debris that might appear in or affect your paint.
- Apply primer — Use a brush and/or roller to apply a coat of primer before your paint. This will help the paint stick better and give it a smoother finish.
- Only use what you need — Dip your brush’s bristles ⅓ of the way into the paint and use a tray to remove excess paint from your roller. This will help you avoid blotchy and uneven coverage in your paint.
- Use the right techniques — Brushes should be held on an angle and you should move your roller up and down using the M technique, all while standing comfortably close to your project. This will help you maintain control and achieve your ideal coverage.
Now that you know everything about painting your garage doors, it’s time to get started. If you’re starting to feel like you’d prefer to hire a professional, the City Painters are here to help. Contact us here or give us a call for a quote.