Steel garage doors are durable, but they also look industrial, or at least identical! Applying a faux wood-grain finish can give your garage door some character and enhance your home’s exterior.

Materials Needed

• Sanding block or sander
Giani Wood Look Paint for Garage Doors

Sanding the garage door

1. Prep the Surface

Clean the surface thoroughly. Also, sand any rough areas and remove any sanding dust with a damp rag.

Applying the base coat

2. Apply the Base Coat

Apply the base coat of the woodgrain kit. A sash brush works well for the edges, grooves and corners of panels.
A small roller covers the wider areas more quickly. Let dry for an hour.

Applying the top coat

3. Add the Top Coat

Apply the top coat with the wool glove supplied in the kit. This coat is a darker glaze that does not fully cover the surface, so it leaves a somewhat streaked appearance that simulates woodgrain.

Alternate the direction of strokes depending on where you are on the door. Long horizontal pieces get horizontal strokes; short vertical pieces that separate the panels get vertical strokes.

Keeping the intersection of these lines clean can be difficult with the wool glove, so you may want to switch to a sash brush for the second coat of glaze.


After two coats of glaze, the door looks like a stained wood door at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.

And the kit to transform this garage door costs just $70!

Watch the video above to find out more.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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