Rust is probably your worst enemy when it comes to dealing with your steel garage door whether you are in places like Sedona or Tampa. As time goes by, your garage door would start to appear rustic orange in color. Over time, this rust would eat and weaken your steel as rust would slowly degrade your material.
There are different options to remove this rust from your steel garage door. They are easy to follow and guarantee you efficiency and effective ways to prevent rust from weakening your door. Here are some of these methods:
- REPAIR/REPAINT THE RUST SPOTS
-This is easier and cheaper as you only have to worry certain spots of your garage door with rust. It does not involve worrying about the whole door. Except of course if rust already eat your whole garage door. So what are the things you need?
- Rust-resistant paint
- Warm water
- White vinegar
- Steel wool
- Palm sander
- Dishwashing liquid
First, clean the rusted spot with warm water and dishwashing liquid. Then let it dry for a few minutes. Then soak the spot with vinegar and let the liquid dissolve the rust. The vinegar would react to the rust. Repeat the process until the metal is already clean. Use the steel wool to further remove the rust on the spot. You may also use sand paper. When you notice that you have eliminated the rust, repaint the material.
- REPAIR/REPAINT THE ENTIRE DOOR
-This can of course consume more time and more money. However, this method assure more satisfying result. So what are the things you will need?
- Paint Bucket
- Painter’s tape
- Drop cloths
- Cloth or sponge
- Water hose
- Masking paper
- Paint sprayer
- Putty knife
- Warm water
-using the sandpaper, scrape away the flakes of rust on your garage door. Make sure to use different types of sandpaper so you will be able to reach corners and holes of the door. Sand the entire door to smoothen its surfaces. This part requires your patience and effort as rust would be too hard to remove at this stage. You may choose to use warm water to soften the flakes of rust and be easy for you to remove. Once smoothen, mix the paint mixture and prepare it to use. When you are ready to paint your door, make sure to use primer first. Primer or base coat paintings are important as they can help the paint last long. They also serve as protection for your doors especially if you don’t want rust to damage your door. When you are done using primer, let it dry. Apply the paint and be generous in applying. Make sure that you cover all the surface. After putting the paint, double coat it with spray paint. The spray paint would also act as painters for surfaces that you cannot reach. After the paint coat and the spray paint dried, apply a top coat that will protect your newly-painted door.