A garage door is like your house’s first impression. Garage door rust can give a driver-by a negative association with your home. When you start to see rust accumulating on your metal garage door, it isn’t just unattractive, it can also lead to costly damage if it isn’t properly cleaned. Rust can begin to create holes in your garage door, which will inevitably result in a costly garage door replacement. Below is the proper way to clean rust off your garage door.
How to Remove Garage Door Rust
The key to cleaning your garage door is to stop the oxidation process that is occurring. When you take the proper steps to remove the rust, you can save yourself a lot of time and money.
- Close your door completely and have a bucket ready filled with dish soap, warm water, and a large sponge and rag. Clean off any accumulated dirt, pollen, or other debris stuck to the garage door.
- Next, fill a second container with white vinegar, and soak a small rag for a few minutes.
- Use a steel wool pad to scrub the rusty areas of your garage door. Alternate scrubbing with the wool and wiping with your vinegar soaked rag until the rust is gone.
- Grab a small piece of sandpaper and begin to sand the areas damaged by the rust. You want to also sand a bit around the rusted areas.
- Use a paintbrush to coat the sanded areas with a zinc-chromate primer. The primer will prevent further damage from any rusting.
- Let the primer dry thoroughly and paint over with a color that matches your garage door.
If you need assistance with your garage door rust, call Action Garage Door. Dial 972-215-7906 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to help you.