Painting and Finishing on Fiberglass or Steel Garage Doors

Painting and Finishing on Fiberglass or Steel Garage Doors
Field Painting and Finishing Fiberglass or Steel Door
Sections
INSTRUCTION INSERT
This installation instruction is to be used as a supplement to the main Installation Instruction and Owner’s Manual provided with the door. All warnings and cautions listed in the main manual
are applicable to this supplemental instruction as well.
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Lay one door section horizontally across two or more sawhorses, taking care to avoid damaging the sections.
IMPORTANT NOTICES!
NOTE: This instruction only applies to field painting and varnishing of doors that were originally painted or stained at the factory. For field painting or finishing of previously unfinished
doors, refer to “Model 9800” Door Factory Finish Warranty Waiver Form available
online at WWW.WAYNE-DALTON.COM.
NOTE: Wayne Dalton does not recommend re-staining fiberglass or steel doors unless the
door surface is entirely flush. Re-staining requires thorough removal of the original stain,
which is not practical for non-flush door surfaces. If you would like to re-stain your door,
contact Wayne Dalton for assistance.
NOTES: Field painting and varnishing of doors cannot be warranted, as this process is
beyond the door manufacturer’s control.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE ENTIRE PROCEDURE BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO FINISH THE DOOR. BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE PAINT AND VARNISH MANUFACTURERS DETAILED APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS.
Personal Protective Equipment Required:
Leather gloves
Rubber gloves (only when using acetone or
mineral spirits)
Safety glasses
Dust mask (only when sanding)
Tools required:
Electric drill with screwdriver and socket bits
Scotch-Brite™ Fine buffing pad, 0000 steel wool
or 400 grit sand paper
Sawhorses
Clean rags
Stir sticks
2.5” Wide synthetic-bristle paint brush
Masking tape
(optional) Spray applicator
Materials required:
Mild detergent solution (one cup detergent, with < 0.5% phosphates, mixed with 5 gal. warm water)
Acetone or mineral spirits
IF APPLYING CLEAR COAT: An exterior, water-based, satin finish clear coat.
IMPORTANT: FOR ADEQUATE ADHESION THE SECTION SURFACE MUST BE FREE OF DUST,
DEBRIS AND OTHER SURFACE CONTAMINANTS.
Dampen clean rags in a mild detergent solution and thoroughly rub the entire door section
surface with the rags. Wipe the section clean with dry rags and then using either ScotchBrite™ Fine buffing pad, 0000 steel wool or 400 grit sand paper, lightly sand it. After sanding, wipe the section with clean rags damp with acetone or mineral spirits, while wearing
rubber gloves. Allow the cleaning solvent to dry completely, until there is no residual odor.
Surface scratches which have not exposed the substrate can be lightly buffed or sanded with
0000 steel wool or 400 grit sand paper to create a smoother surface. Care must be taken
to not expose the substrate under the paint. If substrate is exposed, sand the exposed area
lightly and wipe with damp rag as described above. Apply a primer specifically intended for
the substrate. Allow for drying time as specified by the primer manufacturer.
The surface to be painted must not be too smooth, or the paint will not adhere to it. Apply a
small amount of paint as a test in an inconspicuous area, to evaluate adhesion. If poor adhesion is observed, surface preparation must be repeated until desired results are achieved.
Mask (tape) off all surfaces that will not be painted, including all glass.
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Drying
IMPORTANT: LET THE PAINT DRY COMPLETELY, FOLLOWING THE PAINT MANUFACTURER’S
RECOMMENDED DRYING TIME BEFORE HANDLING THE PAINTED SURFACE OR APPLYING
A SECOND COAT. ALLOW THE DOOR SECTION TO DRY IN A HORIZONTAL POSITION TO
MINIMIZE PAINT RUNS. HIGH HUMIDITY OR LOW TEMPERATURES MAY EXTEND YOUR DRYING TIME.
CAUTION: DO NOT USE ANY BLEACH IN THE MILD DETERGENT SOLUTION.
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Finish Painting Door Section
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for these applications by using either a brush or a
handheld sprayer.
FOR BRUSH APPLICATION: Before starting and occasionally throughout the project, stir the
paint using smooth strokes until the texture is creamy - avoid creating bubbles. Apply paint
as evenly as possible. Brush strokes should follow the grain direction of the selected area.
FOR SPRAY APPLICATION: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for thinning the paint
for better atomization and spraying results. Strain paint before filling the spray pot. The paint
should be applied in continuous strokes extending past the edges of the door section. This
will ensure uniformity across the entire surface of the section. Multiple light coats are better
than one heavy coat, to avoid runs as a result of over spraying.
IF PAINTING: An acrylic latex, satin exterior house paint (solvent-based paints are not recommended).
NOTE: Dark colors are not recommended, especially for doors facing south and west. The rate of heat
absorption can lead to excessive bowing of the sections and fading off the paint.
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Preparing Door Section Surface
Door Removal
WARNING
COUNTER BALANCE SPRING TENSION MUST BE RELIEVED BEFORE
REMOVING ANY HARDWARE. A POWERFUL SPRING RELEASING ITS
ENERGY SUDDENLY CAN CAUSE SEVERE INJURY.
WARNING
UNWINDING OR WINDING SPRINGS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
PROCEDURE AND SHOULD BE PERFORMED ONLY BY A TRAINED DOOR
SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN.
Read the Instruction Insert, “Removing An Existing Door / Preparing The Opening” available
online at www.Wayne-Dalton.com. Uninstall the door sections from the door opening.
NOTE: Prior to laying a door section on sawhorses, protect it from scratches by covering
each sawhorse with clean rags or other protective material.
©Copyright 2015 Wayne Dalton, a Division Of Overhead Door Corporation
Part Number
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NEW_04/28/2015
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