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Old 09-02-14, 02:14 PM
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I'm just starting research on painting my south-facing aluminum garage door. Have already hosed it down, and I think there is latex paint on it now (chalky fingertips) Any recommendations on a paint brand? Primer? What to avoid? Tight budget, but I want it to last. Think Michigan winters...
 
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What are the dimensions of the door?
 
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Old 09-02-14, 02:48 PM
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It's most likely a steel door but latex paint is still appropriate as there have been issues with metal doors expanding/contracting with temp changes - latex can handle those movements better than oil base.

If possible you need to scrub off all the chalk, when that isn't feasible you should add Flood's EmulsaBond to the 1st coat of latex paint. Shouldn't be any need for a primer on a painted door unless there is rust or bare metal.You should use a quality latex house paint [most any brand] You'll find the better coatings at your local paint store, not a paint dept where they tend to stock coatings based more on price than quality. I prefer a satin [or shinier] paint on garage doors as that helps make the door easier to keep clean than if you use flat paint.
 
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Old 09-02-14, 02:57 PM
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Unlikely it is aluminum, more likely steel. Check with a magnet. You should scrub it down with a softish brush to remove anything, then use a paint with a chalk additive. Can't remember the name...Emulsa-bond? Paint store vs big box store.

Oops...this is what happens when I get distracted on my reply.
 
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Thanks for such a quick response! I have a typical 2-car garage (16'x 7') and yes, it is steel. I have a soft brush that attaches to the hose that I've used to wash my car. I'll try it on a nice hot day (I think there are a few left) and let you know what happens.
 
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Old 09-03-14, 04:33 AM
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It might take a little more than that to clean off the chalk. TSP works great but a laundry detergent might do the job.
 
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The type for washing a car is a little softer than what I meant. Something like you would use to clean a deck or a tile floor would be more like it. I only said "softish" so that the bristles would flex a bit to get in the embossed wood grain and crevices. Too stiff and they just skate along the surface.
 
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Old 09-13-14, 10:48 PM
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Smile Finished!

I forgot to get back to you guys during the week to thank you for all your advice. After a good scrub, I used C & K satin latex paint with primer and emulsabond-like ingredient already in it (about $35.00 at Ace) The result is beautiful! Even total strangers passing by compliment the job. Now onward to the next project- using the same paint on my entry doors and shed. Thanks for being there. ShirleyM
 
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