How To Paint Steel Garage Doors To Look Like Wood

You’ve seen those gorgeous wooden garage doors around Marietta GA, proudly displaying natural wood grain that comes from mahogany, cherry or walnut. I’ve used that advice ever since to make business decisions, but along the way, I’ve learned that those words of wisdom live snuggled up against a few more: don’t bite off more than you can chew. Before faux graining your wall, practice using the three-sided comb and wood-graining rocker on a piece of cardboard, scrap wood or drywall. You’ll want to imitate wood colors when choosing paints, so consider warm tones such as ochres, rusts, or deep tans. This step is not necessary as it requires some practice to make it look natural.

After drying use Denatured Alcohol soaked in an a clean rag to remove grime that have accumulated over a period of time on the garage door surface. To read more on how easy it is to accomplish this technique, click here for the easy, step by step, faux painting book. Nail head accents and a textured wood grain add authenticity to the light and breezy silver tones of this tile flooring.

All of the wood that’s painted blue — the panels, the spindles, the little bits and pieces — was to be painted to match the existing oak, which you can see above. Before you begin creating your wood grain, you should paint your surface with Valspar Woodrow Wilson Putty and allow it to dry. I used my sprayer to paint out the chairs and the table base with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black in an outdoor paint they carry called Resilience”. Apply a coat of matt UV protected clear coat to give it the faux finish an added protection.

If you’re not sure what it is, check out How to faux paint and familiarize yourself with the proper techniques and tips. This will cure it to the point that you a put things on it without damaging it BUT a full cure for Latex based paint is 30 days. This gave me the confidence to rip out the OLD carpet and paint until we can put down a permanent solution.

The last thing I’ll do is put the new hardware on which the new hardware is black so I think it will look neat next to this wood faux wood grain. I had to take a lot of time painstakingly going over the door until I felt the color and look of the grain was perfect. I’m not sure what your door looks like exactly, so I’d have a hard time giving you specific advice. The newer generation faux wood door looks identical to a real wood door but is cheaper and requires less upkeep compared to a real wood door. If you think you’ve done too much, paint over some of it with your brush and drag your tool again.

First, I hand-painted all of the figure grain (the squiggly lines) with a small brush, breaking up the lines with a comb. Home owners looking for the look of a real wood garage door to improve curb appeal, but on a limited budget will find this faux wood painting technique useful. The more you rock the tool the more knots you will make, so make sure not to overdo it.

That suited us just fine and matched our scheme, but once we got to work adding a new color and stone veneer, that BIG white door just didn’t suit the rustic feel we were after. We mixed our glaze and paint together in a new bucket, following a traditional mixture of 4 parts glaze to 1 part paint. Move furniture out of the room, or push it to the room’s center and cover it with plastic sheeting.

I’m still going to use a couple more layers on top where I’ll fine tune the wood grain but I’m thinking its starting to look pretty good. Blend and Glaze is offered in both a waterbased version that mixes with latex paint or artist’s acrylic colors, and a slower drying alkyd version that mixes with oil based paint, or artist’s oil or Japan colors. The door is painted in this manner because if it where real wood that is the way the grain would run. Pour light- to dark-brown paint – depending on the wood tone you’re imitating – into a 12-inch paint tray.

I find painted wood grain to be the most color-rich, beautiful and versatile of all the finishes. Your basic strategy will be to apply glaze, wipe some off, then blend and move it. To that end you will want an open pan filled with glaze, a brush to apply the wet glaze, a dry brush to blend it, and rags or paper shop towels to both wipe the excess glaze from the wood and from your dry brush, should it get too wet while working. When you are satisfied with your painting technique and color start applying the base coat SW Monarch Gold on the garage door surface.

For more information on the products we offer at All 4 Seasons Garage Doors or our $20 service call, give us a call today at 678-981-8454. This is totally normal, I would recommend using furniture pads underneath everything at least until the 30 day cure has been achieved. A wood grain rocker is a wedge-shaped piece of wood or a plastic cylinder embossed with wood grain designs that you can slowly rock” through the top-coat gel stain to create grain pattern.

I took the door off the hinges early in the morning to do the wood grain part and left it to dry all day while I did other things around the house. I have done this on interior door and a wall….instead of stain I use paint mixed with a clear glaze for a translucent look. A thinner finish will allow some glaze to collect in the pores, resulting in a more woody” look that brings out more of the wood character. All you need are some Valspar paint samples, some wood grain tools and a dry brush to achieve this look.

The most popular colors used as a base coat for faux wood finishes on garage doors are dark red/orange or orange/brown tones. I don’t usually use an exterior paint for indoor use, but this family has small children, entertains often, and I decided to go with something that would hold up to all kinds of wear and tear, and lots of wiping down! After the glaze has set-up but not dried completely, use a natural bristle brush to lightly brush over the grain.

I had no idea there was tile that looks like wood so I’m off to read your post about your flooring search after this. Use denatured alcohol soaked in an a clean rag or wiping cloth to remove grime that have accumulated over a period of time on the garage door surface. Glazing is really just paint with an additive to lengthen the dry-time of the product, and I’ve just learned to work around quickly. To create a faux birdseye finish, you should start with a light orange paint for your base coat. Below is a close up of a European Oak grained door that I’m working on this week.

All it takes is only one coat of glazing, the garage door is finished and just needs a couple of days to cure. Faux painting is a process where you design as you go, meaning you change the look slightly throughout until you’re sure that you’re at a point you like. I’m often asked to paint a door as wood to match wood that already exists in the room, although it’s more common in private apartments than in office buildings.

For the glaze, mix a slightly darker paint shade with glazing liquid and apply it with a roller. They could be Shaker style, with consistent grain and color on the rails and stiles (the frames of the cabinet faces), and with a center panel that has a grain pattern nearly identical to all of the adjacent panels …. Using a two or three-inch wide soft nylon bristle or foam brush, apply at least one coat of primer to the cabinet door and let dry thoroughly.

Base color was a wood color and used black & brown colored pencils to create parallel lines that looked like the cracks between hardwood floor planks. The primer will serve as your background wood color, so choose this color carefully. Keep in mind that a top glaze will be applied to set the overall tone of the panel once the wood grain pattern has been completed so it isn’t necessary to get too carried away with matching color at this stage. If you mess up, no worries, just re-drag the wood grain tool through the glaze again. If someone orders our Faux Wood Combo kit, they will get the file attached in a email.

Textured with a wood grain pattern, this tile offers the organic look and feel of real wood on walls and floors. You might want to keep everything the same color (like me), or you might want to make all four squares a different color. For faux wood grain, a glaze of acrylic paint is applied over a base coat of sheen acrylic. For more detailed instructions on faux wood graining you should check out Debra’s video/DVD. Once it has cooled, the custom wood grain transfer is applied and vacuumed to remove air trapped between the powder and the transfer.