What is the Real Cost to Paint a Garage Door?

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A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal. If you’re considering painting your garage door, you’re probably wondering how much it will cost. The cost to paint a garage door can vary depending on a few factors, including the size of the door, the type of paint, and whether you hire a professional or do it yourself. 

In this blog post, we’ll break down the different cost factors so you can make an informed decision about garage door painting.

How much does it cost to paint a garage door?

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Generally speaking, you can expect to pay $1 to $4 per square foot for the materials and labor involved in painting a garage door. For a standard single garage door, that means your total cost will be around $225. 

Of course, this just an estimate. There are a few things to consider when trying to estimate this cost, including the two different types of costs – Labor costs and cost of supplies / materials.

Labor Costs

If you decide to hire a professional painter to do the job, you’ll need to factor in labor costs as well. Professional painters typically charge by the hour, with rates ranging from $50 to $100 per hour. The total cost of labor will depend on the number of hours it takes to complete the job. For example, if it takes two painters four hours to paint a two-car garage door, you can expect to pay between $400 and $800 for labor. If you decide to do it yourself, you will not have any labor costs.

Supply Costs

The first thing you’ll need to consider when budgeting for this project is the cost of supplies. If you’re planning to do the job yourself, you’ll need to purchase paint, brushes, rollers, drop cloths, and other supplies. The cost of these supplies can vary depending on the quality of materials you choose and the number of doors you’re planning to paint. 

Paint and primer will be your biggest expense. A five-gallon tub of quality paint will cost around $100 and $200 for a proper exterior paint. And you will need one gallon per 250 square feet and the price per gallon runs between $38 and $54. You will also need primer, which will add another $30 to the total cost. 

Type of paint to use on a garage door

Garage door painting depends on the material the door is made of:  

  • Aluminum doors should be painted with exterior acrylic paint. This type of paint is specially formulated to adhere to metal surfaces and withstand the elements.
  • Vinyl and wooden garage doors  should be stained instead of painted in order to help resist fading and peeling.
  • Steel doors should be painted with oil-based paint. This type of paint is durable and will protect your door from rusting.

You may need to sand and/or scrape the old paint off first before applying a new coat.


Painting a garage door is a great way to freshen up the look of your home. It is relatively inexpensive and can be done in a day. If you’re on a tight budget, doing it yourself can help you save on labor costs. However, if you want to ensure a high-quality job, it’s worth considering hiring a professional painter who has experience painting garage doors. While it may cost more upfront, it will save you time and money in the long run.


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