How to Update Your Garage Door With a Coat of Stain

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Got a garage door that is fading or the color is looking a little lackluster? If the door is otherwise in great shape, you should definitely consider updating the color with a coat of stain. Yep, stain! Gel stain, to be exact.

Gel Stain Walnut

As you can see, gel stain can be used on wood, fiberglass, metal and other surfaces. It’s thick and is non-drip, and it gives you a great uniform color you’ll love. Better yet, unlikeĀ other stains, you just paint it on and you don’t need to wipe any off, so it’s quick and easy.

What you need to update your garage door with gel stain:

1. power washer

2. gel stain in your choice of color

3. paintbrush

Power washing is the easiest way to prep your garage door before you stain it. If you don’t have a power washer, you’ll need to hose it off with your garden hose, and then use a large sponge to scrub away any especially dirty areas before rinsing with the hose once more.

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Once the door is thoroughly dry, you can begin to stain. Just use a paintbrush to cover small sections of the door at a time, brushing in the direction of the pattern in the finish. Gel stain dries quickly, so this is why it is recommended to work in small sections.

How to Update Your Garage Door With a Coat of Stain

Once you have covered the door with stain, it will look like this:

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Looks amazing, doesn’t it? The gel stain manages to give it a faux wood look. Gel stain can also be used to update your front door.



8 comments for “How to Update Your Garage Door With a Coat of Stain

  1. Jody
    November 30, 2017 at

    Did you only use gel stain

    • Kate
      December 4, 2017 at

      I added a coat of waterproof sealant just in case!

  2. jenny
    January 4, 2018 at

    Is this a wooden or metal garage door?

    • Kate
      January 9, 2018 at

      The last one pictured are metal, the first two are wooden!

      • Lisa McKinney
        March 29, 2018 at

        Kate, the last one pictured is of my work. Why are you using it on your site without a credit to me?

        • Kate
          April 16, 2018 at

          There is a link directing to your site, but I can reword it if you’d like.

  3. Laurie
    March 30, 2018 at

    Do you know how much gel stain it took to cover the metal doors? They look gorgeous!

    • Kate
      April 16, 2018 at

      That usually depends on the size of the doors and the desired color

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