Painting Over Graffiti On Your Garage Door

Did someone vandalize your garage door with graffiti? Rather that replace your entire garage door (which you are most certainly entitled to do), here is how you can paint over the graffiti to restore your garage door.

Use One Dark Solid Color Made for Outdoor Painting

Depending on the nature of the graffiti, you may want to cover it up quickly and thoroughly. That requires a couple spray paint cans in a single, dark, opaque color.

  1. Choose a color that complements the siding on your home and garage. Also, select a color that is formulated for painting metal and painting things that are outdoors all the time.
  2. Tape off the posts and lintel of your garage door.
  3. Then, in full sweeping left-to-right movements, paint the door one full coat. Let this dry.
  4. If you can still see the graffiti, give the door a second coat. Let this second coat dry.
  5. Repeat until the graffiti is no longer visible (usually, three coats is enough).

If the graffiti is not too offensive, maybe you would like to get a little creative yourself.

Putting a Mural over the Graffiti

Some people like to put tattoos over their scars or put new tattoos over old tattoos. Painting a mural over the graffiti is akin to that. You are hiding or covering up the graffiti by painting something much more attractive and less offensive on the garage door. If you are not the super-creative artist type, hire a local artist to paint the door for you. You can request a drawing of the design before the artist begins so that you can see how the door will look when the artist has finished.

Sponging the Garage Door

If your garage door is metal (as most are these days), then you could do something really unique with this graffiti. Grab a giant car washing sponge, some rubber gloves, and paint solvent. Soak the sponge in the solvent, and then don your gloves. Wring out the sponge, and then swirl the solvent-soaked sponge in spirals over the graffiti. The result is that the solvent "melts" the paint, you are pushing the paint in a swirling pattern, and thus you create a hypnotic design on the garage door that removes some of the graffiti while replacing it with something more fun.\

If you want to replace the door entirely, contact a professional, like Eudy Door Co., for more information on installations.