Your garage door plays a role in the overall presentation of your home. When there is rust on the garage door, it can bring down the curb appeal of the home. Also, rust spreads and can cause damage that results in costlier repairs. The majority of modern garage doors are rust resistant, however, those with steel garage door can still develop rust over time, especially if the paint is scratched or chipped away. Though in places where snow, rain, and other rust-causing materials like dust or road salt collect, garage doors in Las Vegas can still rust as well. With this in mind, we at AAA Action Doors would like to offer a method that can help you remove the rust to help you buy a little time before replacing the garage door.
Repair or Replace a Garage Door with Rust?
If the rust is extensive or the door is old, it may be a better investment to replace the garage door. Avoid removing the rust yourself should your garage door is under a warranty that covers rust. If the warranty is still valid, contact the information or a professional for guidance. If you believe the garage door is not repairable and needs to be replaced, call in the experts of AAA Action Doors for assistance. There also may be options where you can replace a panel that is damaged and rusted as well.
How to Repair a Rusted Garage Door
1) Wipe the rust area down. Soak a cloth in white vinegar and wipe down the areas that have rust. Vinegar is an effective agent that removes rust. Make certain to get rid of all the rust because even a tiny amount of it can start the oxidation process and continue growing. For tougher spots, you can use a steel-wool pad to scrub your door.
2) Any holes need to be filled in. Since rust eats away at metal, you are likely to find some holes on your garage door. Take the time fill the holes, if any exist, using a bonding agent for metal or auto body filler. Once the bonding is dry, make sure to follow label’s directions, sand it with a fine-grit sheet, along with the garage door in its entirety. Afterwards, wipe the dust with a dry cloth or a brush.
3) Wash down the door(s). It’s essential to clean your door thoroughly before applying paint to your garage door. In addition to leaving bumps on the surface, you ant to make sure the surface is clean because the paint won’t adhere to grease or dirt. You can use a solution of trisodium phosphate (TSP) mixed in warm water to wash the door as well. However, any solution of warm water and soap will work effectively. Rinse the garage door well using your garden hose, and the let it dry fully.
4) Mask specific areas on the door where you want to avoid paint. Cover your door’s handles, window panels, and nearby walls with painting tape after you completed the rust removal and cleaning process. By masking paper over them and securing them with tape you can cover the larger areas such as windows. This will prevent the paint to get to unwanted areas.
5) Paint. It is strongly recommended and encouraged to apply primer or undercoat to your door to ensure better adhesion before painting your door. Invest in rust-resistant primer and paint designed for metal garage doors. Check if your garage door’s manufacturer recommends specific products and techniques as well as the primer and paint.
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Rust is tricky to remove and can impact the garage door’s integrity. In many cases, you are better off replacing your garage door. AAA Action Doors provides replacements, repairs and maintenance services. Call us today for all your garage door needs.