The garage shop, a place of projects, frustrations, relaxation and not enough space. This is doubly so if your shop also serves as the local gym. One place that might be under utilized is the back of the garage door, and in this quick project I intend to change that.
In the garage shop that we got with the house there is a nice, simple garage door. I believe it was installed so that they could call the shop a garage to the zoning and planning people down at town hall. This shop has never had a car parked in it for more then a few hours to work on it(i.e. change the brakes, rotate the tires).
On the back of the garage door is some cheap wood paneling used to keep the insulation inside the door. It’s held on by some self tapping screws attached to the door structure and not really that high quality. But, it is mostly flat, and nothing else is going to be able to be mounted on that point. I use the door in the summer to extend the shop out to the driveway, so I cannot block it either.
In my office we have large(40 foot by 10 foot) walls that have whiteboard paint on them, and they work reasonably well. So I figured that the back of the garage door would make a great canvas for some of my figuring. The door to the storage/point cabinet already has chalkboard paint on it for workout plans.
We went over to Home Depot(product placement added to the video, and nope, they don’t sponsor me either, I sponsor them many days), and picked up a pair of cans of paint. Actually we picked up more then two, but the other cans were for different projects.
About here I should mention, don’t do what I did, instead read the instructions and follow them. Very important is the part where is suggests you prime the surface before painting the whiteboard paint onto it. I didn’t.
Without the priming on the wood, it soaked the paint in very well and did not leave a good surface. Four layers went on before I ran out of paint, and for the most part that was sufficient, but there are areas that appear to still be missing paint(weirdly matching the door structure components, and I don’t know why).
While I’m okay with the current layer, I think I’m going to get one more can and add a layer in order to try and get those bare patches covered.
Watch the video, it’s been a while since I did a time lapse, and the settings were off for the first bit, but by the end I was happy with the settings.
Soundtrack below is from a recommendation by Spotify based on other stuff I have listened to, I liked it and listened to the whole thing and much more while doing this paint job.