The Best Paints For Wooden & Metal Garage Doors

Refresh your garage's look with our handpicked paints that are ideal for wooden or metal doors and ensure lasting style and protection.
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Garage doors are exposed to the elements all year round and they can eventually begin to flake, peel and crack. However, you can easily freshen it up with suitable garage door paint that’ll not only transform its appearance but also protect it for many more years to come.

Unlike garage floor paint where there are many dedicated paints to choose from, there are only a few paints that have been specifically designed for garage doors. Therefore, many of our recommendations are universal paints that are suitable for wood, metal and many other surfaces but this may be beneficial if you wish to match other exterior surfaces to the door.

To help you choose a garage door paint, our hand-picked selection features top-performing paints chosen through our first-hand experience painting wooden and metal garage doors. We also thoroughly tested multiple paints and carried out the latest research.

Hammerite 5092848 Garage Door Paint
Best Overall: Hammerite 5092848 Garage Door Paint
Rust-Oleum All Surface Paint
Most Versatile: Rust-Oleum All Surface Paint
Dulux Weather Shield
Best All-Rounder: Dulux Weather Shield
Fascinating Finishes Satin
Best Value: Fascinating Finishes Satin
Ronseal No Rust Metal Paint
Best For Rust: Ronseal No Rust Metal Paint
Johnstone’s Weatherguard Exterior Gloss
Best Value Runner-Up: Johnstone’s Weatherguard Exterior Gloss

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Garage Door Paints

Whether you need to paint your garage door at your house or workplace, the recommendations above are all suitable. Whilst testing, we decided to paint a number of garage doors at properties and units that we own.

In this particular example, we have a garage that backs onto a lane and the door itself had been vandalised with graffiti. Therefore, we decided to paint it using the Hammerite garage door paint, which was very easy to apply.

Below are some photos that show the before and after results of painting the garage door.

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As well as testing a number of garage door paints, we also based our recommendations on hours of research and a number of factors. Some of the factors that we considered included their coverage, colours available, durability, compatible surfaces and value.

The Best Garage Door Paints

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1. Best Overall: Hammerite 5092848 Garage Door Paint

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By far the most popular dedicated garage door paint that’s suitable for both metal and wooden doors is by the Hammerite brand. It’s a highly durable paint that leaves a high gloss finish and is available in a choice of six colours.

According to the brand, it’s been specifically developed to resist flaking and discolouration on all types of garage doors.

Pros
  • Choice of six colours
  • Suitable for wooden and metal garage doors
  • Highly durable gloss finish
  • Cleans up with white spirit
  • Resists flaking and discolouration
  • Prevents the build-up of rust
Cons
  • Only available in 750 ml tins

Hammerite have a great reputation for producing high-quality paints and this garage door paint follows that great reputation. It isn’t the cheapest but it’s a dedicated paint for garage doors and is available in a range of colours.

2. Most Versatile: Rust-Oleum All Surface Paint

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The Rust-Oleum All Surface Paint is a unique formula that’s a paint and primer in one. This means that you can apply it straight onto the wood or metal garage door without the need for any mixing. In terms of the application, the brand state that it can cover up to 9 m2 per litre and a second coat can be applied after 16 hours of drying.

Pros
  • Suitable for wood, metal, plastics and other surfaces
  • Touch dry in 2 hours
  • Full hardness after 7 days
  • Available in 10 different colours
Cons
  • During our testing, we found that it required two coats for the best finish

Although the Rust-Oleum paint isn’t a dedicated garage door paint, it’s by far the best all-surface alternative that won’t disappoint. It’s available in a range of colours and applies easily to all types of garage doors.

3. Best All-Rounder: Dulux Weather Shield

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The Dulux Weather Shield is another popular formula that’s ideal for garage doors. It’s an exterior wood and metal paint that according to the brand provides up to 10 years of guaranteed weatherproof protection.

For the best results whilst using this formula as a garage door paint, it’s recommended that you use a primer beforehand. Once primed, apply two coats and allow enough time for it to dry between the coats.

Pros
  • Choice of nine different colours
  • Provides long lasting protection
  • Fast drying formula that's touch dry in 2 hours
  • Very easy to apply
Cons
  • Most expensive within our roundup

Overall, the Dulux Weather Shield is an excellent all-round option that’s ideal for garage doors as well as a range of other surfaces. It provides great coverage and helps to protect the garage door for up to 10 years, which is highly impressive.

4. Best Value: Fascinating Finishes Satin

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For those that are looking for the best bang for their buck, the Fascinating Finishes Anthracite Grey is a great option. It’s been specifically designed for front or garage doors and it can be applied by a brush or roller.

In terms of its formulation, it’s a self-priming formula that can be used straight from the tin and requires no mixing whatsoever. According to the brand, per 500 ml tin you are able to cover between 6 to 7 square metres.

Pros
  • Desirable anthracite grey paint
  • Durable weatherproof formulation
  • Provides a satin finished once dried
  • Application by brush or roller
  • Protects for up to 5 years
  • Showerproof in 2 hours
Cons
  • Limited colour option available

Overall, the Fascinating Finishes paint is a great choice for those wanting an anthracite finish to their garage door. Although it’s more commonly used as a front door paint, it provides just as much protection for garage doors.

5. Best For Rust: Ronseal No Rust Metal Paint

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If you have had issues with your garage door rusting, the Ronseal No Rust paint is the best option. According to the brand, their paint can be used directly upon rust and it provides up to 6 years of rust protection.

For the best results whilst using this paint on your garage door, the brand recommends brushing it on. It takes between 1 to 2 hours to dry between coats and you can proceed to apply a further 2 to 3 coats if required.

Pros
  • Can be brushed directly onto the rust
  • Produces an aesthetically pleasing smooth finish
  • Dries in under 2 hours
  • Provides up to 6 years of rust protection
Cons
  • Only available in 250 ml tins that provide a 5 m2 coverage per litre

The main drawback of this paint is the poor coverage per litre, which causes it to become an expensive option if you want to paint the entire door. However, for covering rust spots, the Ronseal No Rust provides the highest level of protection and lasts up to 6 years.

6. Best Value Runner-Up: Johnstone’s Weatherguard Exterior Gloss

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The Johnstone’s Weatherguard is another popular paint that’s more than ideal as paint for your garage door. It can be painted directly onto wood, metal or plastic and it provides a durable, high-gloss finish that resits weathering.

In terms of protection, the brand state that it can protect against blistering, cracking and peeling for over six years if applied correctly.

Pros
  • Available in 9 different colours
  • Provides up to 6 years protection
  • Suitable for wood, metal and plastic surfaces
  • High gloss finish
  • Easy to apply
Cons
  • During our testing, we found that it produced a strong odour and it also required two coats

Overall, the Johnstone’s Weatherguard is an excellent all-round option that’s durable, easy to apply and offers great value for the money. There is also a great selection of colours to best suit your requirements too.

Conclusion

As garage doors are exposed to the elements at all times, durable garage door paint is essential. Therefore, all of our recommendations provide plenty of protection and are ideal for wood or metal garage doors.

However, as mentioned above, because there are very few dedicated paints for garage doors, you may find that the paint you use can be used for other applications too.

If you require further information regarding any of our garage door paint recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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