This garage door maintenance guide is for steel back insulated doors (steel + insulation + steel) and specifically for Clopay Premium Series, Coachman Collection, and Gallery Collection but may apply to most other garage door manufacturers and maintenance of doors. For Nashville , Middle Tennessee, and Southern Kentucky customers, please call us if you have any questions about painting your door or if you would like to schedule a repair or annual maintenance with Dixie Door.
PAINTING YOUR DOOR
Painting: Your steel garage door can be painted with a high quality 100% acrylic latex (flat, satin, or semigloss) exterior grade paint. Before painting the door it must be free of dirt, oil, caulk, waxes, and mildew. Do not use any type of oil-based paint or alkyd-modified acrylic latex paint. These paints will void the warranty of your door.
Painting preparation: Clean the surface first with a diluted solution of trisodium phosphate. The recommended concentration is 1/3 cup of posder to 1-1/2 to 2 gallons of water. a cleaning pad (3M synthetic steel wool GRAY not green) should be used saturated with this cleaning solution. Rub with even pressure to lightly scuff the surface while applying the cleaning solution over all surfaces to be painted. A final wipe and rinse with clean water and sponge should be done to remove any loose material. Change the water often to ensure a clean rinse and then allow to dry. PRETEST YOUR PAINT ON A SMALL AREA BEFORE ADHERING. If the paint shows signs of poor adherence, there may be a problem with the paint or the surface preparation. DO NOT PROCEED! A new paint or further preparation of the surface is called for.
Alternative Cleaning Compounds: Areas of the country that do not carry trisodium phosphate can use a biodegradable cleaner with the cleaning pad above. Follow the same directions to rinse completely and pretest paint.
NOTE: Sanding could remove rust-inhibiting compounds; therefore, sanding should be done ONLY to damaged areas where bare metal has been exposed.
Paint Repair: Should your door’s paint finish become damaged, exposing the bare metal, it will become necessary to repair this area to prevent rust from forming. The damaged area should be lightly sanded with a medium to fine sandpaper making sure to remove all visible red and white rust. Wipe this area with a dry, clean rag. Coat the sanded area with a high quality, rust inhibiting, zinc enriched primer. This type of primer can be found at most paint or hardware stores, and should be labeled for covering bare and galvanized steel. Once the primer is applied, wait the time specified on the primer’s instructions before you finish painting your door.
Paint: Your steel garage door can be painted with a high quality, 100% acrylic latex (flat, satin, or semigloss) exterior grade paint. Since all paints are not created equal, the following test needs to be performed: paint should be applied on a small area of the door (following the instructions on the paint container), allowed to dry, and evaluated prior to painting the entire door. Paint defects to look for are blistering and peeling. An additional test is to apply a strip of masking tape over the painted area and peel back, checking to see that the paint adheres to the door and not to the tape. After satisfactorily testing a paint, follow the directions on the container and apply to the door. Be sure to allow adequate drying time should you wish to apply a second coat. Window frames and inserts can be painted with a high quality, 100% acrylic latex. The plastic should first be lightly sanded to remove any surface gloss.
SPECIAL CLOPAY COACHMAN COLLECTION PAINTING INSTRUCTIONS
NEW REVISIONS DATED 8/29/2013 – SEE HERE – Clopay Coachman
Important: This door and overlays can be painted dark colors. Any paint that has an LRV (Light Reflective Value) of 8 or higher can be used to paint this door. Using a paint that has an LRV of less than 8 will void the door’s warranty.
Effective January 14, 2013 – The Coachman Collection painting instructions will change. The changes are:
A) Color restrictions are being removed when preapproved paint, Sherwin-Williams Resilience Exterior Paint with VinylSafe Technology, is used (Clopay is testing additional paints and will communicate when approved for use)
B) LRV restriction of 38 or higher will be required when non-tested/approved paints are used (at this time, this means any paints other than Sherwin -Williams Resilience Exterior Paint with VinylSafe Technology)
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1. Lubricate all moving parts of the door with light household oil, including:
– Lift cables at the bottom bracket button;
– Bearing of the sheaves;
– Lock hardware where surfaces turn or slide;
– Full length of the torsion spring to reduce friction between coils;
– Lubricate steel rollers. DO NOT lubricate nylon rollers.
2. Check for loose or bent hinges
– Tighten loose hinges;
– Straighten or replace bent hinges.
Caution: To replace bent hinges or broken rollers, the door must be locked and in the down position.
No more than 1 hinge is to be removed from the door at any given time. Under no circumstances should you loosen or remove the bottom bracket without disengaging the spring tension.
3. Check roller for broken wheels, bent shafts, or worn-out bearings;
4. Check the door and track supports for loose or missing bolts, screws, etc. Be careful not to overtighten.
5. Check the extension cables. Are they running properly in the sheaves? Check for war of the cable at the bottom bracket button.
6. Check for bent track. If bent, call us at Dixie Door (615-822-DOOR (3667) and we will have the track ready for you.
7. Extension spring hardware, including springs, cables, sheaves, sheave forks, bottom brackets, and containment cables, should be adjusted or repaired only when the spring tension is released (the door must be open). These repairs should be made by a qualified door technician or a mechanically experienced person with proper tools and instructions.
8. Caution: If your door has torsion springs, the spring assembly and wood anchor pad should be adjusted or repaired ONLY by a professional technician. Torsion springs carry a lot of torque and for people without experience – these springs can injure and even be deadly. For Nashville, all of Middle Tennessee, and Southern Kentucky – call us at Dixie Door and we will replace your spring(s) and service your door(s) and opener(s). 615-822-3667 (DOOR).
CLEANING THE DOOR
In order to prevent damage (rusting) caused by foreign matter adhering to the door, the door should be cleaned at least twice a year (normal environments) or 4 times a year (coastal environments). The door may need to be cleaned more frequently if road salt accumulates in a winter climate. The door should be wiped down with a mild household detergent and rinsed with clear water. Be sure to clean behind stop molding on the sides and top of the door.
WAXING THE DOOR (Coastal and Harsh Environments)
For coastal and harsh environments, it will be necessary to wax the front side of the door following installation. Select a good quality car wax and apply according to wax manufacturer’s instructions. Wax should be applied at least twice a year, immediately after cleaning.