Roller garage doors are normally painted at the factory on a production line so there is no reason why they can’t be painted after being fitted.
Roller garage doors that have an unpainted finish from the factory (such as timber roller garage doors) can also be painted after installation.
The correct way to paint a roller garage door to achieve a factory-grade finish is spray painting. Spray painting is a contactless paint method that leaves no marks. It also ensures a flat, even paint finish that’s low maintenance.
Painting a roller garage door tips
To ensure a factory-grade finish, preparation of the surface is key. The garage door first needs cleaning with regular soap and rinsing. Next, the door needs rubbing down with IPA (rubbing alcohol) to clean the surface from contaminants.
Only when the garage door is clean and sterile can spray painting begin.
To spray paint a roller garage door, you need to use a spray painting gun.
A primer is not needed with the right paint. Purchase a solvent-based paint or get a professional spray painting company to do the work.
The correct technique is to split the garage door into thirds and stand half a meter away from it. You then walk with the spray gun and paint the garage door in three passes in horizontal lines. One coat would involve three passes because you have split the door into thirds (one pass paints one-third of the door).
You will need to apply three horizontal coats and one vertical coat before going back over the door to fill in any areas.
Here’s a video of the process in action:
As you can see, painting a roller garage door isn’t scientific. With good technique and the right materials, any garage door can be painted to a high standard.