3 Things To Keep In Mind When Tackling An Aluminum Commercial Door Painting Project

Posted on: 13 January 2015

Those aluminum framed commercial sliding glass doors you have in place may still serve their purpose well, but they are starting to show major signs of their age. In order to rectify the problem, you may be tempted to just grab a can of paint, a brush, and get started. However, painting these aluminum doors may not be as easy of a task as you think. In fact, there are several things that can get in the way of successful completion and even cause problems for the doors functionality when you are done. Here are three things you should keep in mind about tackling a painting project on your aluminum commercial doors.

Be Careful During Preparation

As you scrape down and sand the aluminum framework, it is easy to assume you should just scrub and sand away to remove excess dirt and debris. However, you do have to be careful while you prepare for two reasons. First, aluminum is not a dense metal and can be easily damaged, and therefore, you have to be careful not to cause damage as you work. Second, the rubber seals where the aluminum meets the glass perimeter are vital to the functionality of the door and should be treated with caution.

Not Any Paint Will Do

Not every type of paint will adhere to an aluminum surface and when you are dealing with a moving component, special considerations must be given to the paint type as well. Therefore, you will have to get technical about finding the right type of paint for your commercial doors. Paint that has a primer included is best and industry grade is a an absolute must. An industrial paint with a high grade bonding agent will help the paint adhere to the slick aluminum surface, but will also fill gaps to give an even appearance once dry.

Be Careful with Paint Splatter

As you paint the door frames, make sure you are careful with paint splatter. The slightest build-up of paint in the door tracks will prevent the door from sliding open smoothly. Any excess paint drips on the frame can also pose an issue with smooth operation. To avoid these issues, use small amounts of paint at a time and protect the vulnerable track with a sheet of plastic. Wipe away any excess drips immediately before they have a chance to set up as the quick bonding paint will dry quickly.

With a little patience, knowledge, and the right materials, you can use paint to make your aluminum-framed commercial doors look good. Keep these three things in mind before you get started and while you work to ensure your end result is well worth the effort you put forth to get the job done. For assistance, contact a professional like Callahan Door and Window.