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Wanting to change the look of your garage door? You can, by giving it a beautiful wood faux finish. It can be costly to install a real wooden garage door, but why spend the money when you can give it the same look for significantly less? Here's what you will need to get the job done:

. Paint rollers and covers (1/4 in, low nap)
. Painting tray
. 2 - 3 in. paintbrushes
. Scraper or putty knife (may be necessary)
. Spackle (may be necessary)
. Power washer (optional)
. Tinted primer
. Tri-sodium Phosphate (use if you do not have a power washer)
. Paint
. Glaze
. A lot of rags (maybe 15?)
. Paint buckets
. Drop cloths
. Gloves
. Painters tape
. Lightweight plastic
. Sandpaper

This is how to do it!

1) Clean the garage door using either the power washer or a mixture of the tri-sodium phosphate and water. If you use the mixture, use a scrubbing sponge to scrub clean the door. Rinse and allow to dry.

2) Take off any decorations that you do not want paint to get on. Then, using the painters' tape, tape off handles, trims, and flooring. Cover up with the plastic any windows on the door, or anything that could accidentally get paint on it. Lay a drop cloth down onto the driveway to ensure that no paint will drip onto it.

3) Sand the door to ensure that the paint will hold onto the surface. Make sure to follow all of these preparatory steps so that the finished work will be long lasting and continually beautiful. Remove in any old loose or flaking paint with a scraper. Then fill in holes with spackle (see article on "How-to Spackle"). Dust off any excess dust.

4) Apply primer. To tint a primer, purchase a white primer and the sales clerk will add your paint color to it to achieve the tinting. It is not necessary to have a tinted primer, you could use white. However, using the tinted primer reduces the number of paint coats needed, therefore reducing your work load.

5) Using a roller, evenly apply a first coat of your paint and allow it to completely dry. Check the paint label for drying times.

6) Make a glaze. Glaze thins the paint that you will be using. You could also use a drying time extender to lengthen the amount of time the glaze will be usable, although this is not necessary. To do this, put on your gloves, and in a bucket, mix four parts of glaze to one part paint.

7) Get a bucket of clean water and your rags (NOT PAPER TOWELS!) Dip the rags in the water and ring the water back out. Then dip another rag into the paint/glaze mixture that you made. Wipe (by hand) the color onto the door. Generally 2 - 3 feet across at a time is a good area to work in. Do not allow the paint to drip on the surface.

8) With the clean, damp rag, begin to wipe off the paint that you just painted on, removing most of the paint/glaze layer. Take a look at this. Is this what you were going for? If not, play around a little bit. Move in circular motions with the damp rag, or try other ways. Once you get this how you want it, move back to Step 7, using new rags.

9) Once the entire door is completed in this fashion, allow it to dry. If you like the way it looks at this point, then it is done. Otherwise, a second coat may be necessary. You can get more detail also by using a 2 - 3 inch brush to apply full strength paint onto the door. Whatever you want to do is up to you!

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