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Revitalize Your Garage Doors with Gel Stain

Faded, chalky garage door finish

Are you tired of looking at your faded, chalky, aluminum garage doors? Revitalize your garage doors with a gel stain. Gel stains come in several colors and provide a nice finish that will last for years. We used a Minwax gel stain on our garage doors 2 years ago and they look as good today, as the day we stained them.

Minwax Gel Stain Used

Preparing the Surface

Gel stain can be used on several different surfaces, such as wood, fiberglass and even aluminum garage doors. Before staining you’ll need to clean and prepare the surfaces.  Be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions.

For the aluminum garages doors, they will need to be clean and dry, with no oily residue or loose debris. There are a couple ways. Use a mild soap, that leaves no residue, with a sponge.  For a more thorough cleaning, you can use a Scotchbrite pad instead of a sponge. We chose to use our pressure washer to clean ours. This works very well. After the doors completely dried, we wiped them down with a clean, dry cloth to make sure there was no loose debris.

Before Starting

Be sure to use painters tape to tape off the weather stripping and trim around the doors. Use a drop cloth, plastic sheeting or cardboard under the door to prevent any stain that may drip from getting on your concrete floor. If you accidentally get the stain on any surrounding surface, use mineral spirits or paint thinner to clean it up quickly.

Gel Stain being applied to garage doors

Applying the Gel Stain

It’s best to apply gel stain at temperatures between 55 and 85 degrees. To apply the stain be sure to stir the stain thoroughly prior to applying. Use a good quality, natural bristle brush to apply the stain. You should start by doing the raised panels first and finish with thin even strokes, in the direction of the embossed wood grain.  Additional coats can be applied to achieve a darker finish, but allow at least 6 hours between coats. If desired, for additional protection Minwax makes a clear protective coating. We did not use the clear coat and ours still look great after 2 years.

Enjoy Your Efforts

This is something you can easily do. It will certainly spruce up your home and improve how it looks. Give it a try and let us know how it turns out. I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the results!

Garage doors after Gel Stain application