Wood Look Paint Kits FAQ
Giani Wood Look is a simple and affordable way to upgrade your home's curb appeal. Wood Look allows you to transform your existing garage door, exterior and even interior doors from cold, plain white and simple solids to the warm, natural tones of 5 varieties of wood.
- Painted Wood
- Painted Steel
- Painted Aluminum
- Other Painted Metals
- Doors with Smooth Surfaces
- Doors with Textured Surfaces
- Flat Panel Doors
- Raised Panel Doors
*Vinyl surfaces must first be primed with a water-based primer that will adhere to vinyl. Please note, trim around garage door windows is typically made of vinyl and would need to be primed first.
- Unpainted Steel
- Unpainted Aluminum
- Galvanized Steel
- Galvanized Steel
- Flat Surfaces with No Panels
Apply Wood Look paint between 50° - 85° F and start your project at least three hours before any direct sun will contact your door because direct sunlight will cause the Wood Look paint to dry too quickly during application. Or, you can apply Wood Look one hour after any direct sunlight has gone past your door to allow time for your door to cool down.
Likewise, allow at least one hour for your door to warm up if it is cold to the touch, even if ambient temperatures are in range. Garage doors and exterior entryways tend to retain extreme temperatures, and a door that is too cool can cause the paint to congeal prematurely.
Make sure rain is not in the forecast for a minimum of 4 hours. Leave your door slightly cracked open during application and dry time to prevent your door from sticking. Place a tarp down, extending from the outside to the inside of your home, to prevent any accidental spills.
- Wood Look for Garage Doors: Covers 180 square feet (the surface area of a typical two-car garage door)
- Wood Look for Front Doors: Covers 45 square feet (one side of a typical front door and sidelights, or single interior door)
For black or dark colored garage doors, the contents of a single kit may not cover the entire surface area. We recommend purchasing an additional 16 oz. can of Tone Base coat and a 16 oz. can of Grain Finish coat. Individual cans are available here. You may return unopened, unused product.
- Wood Look for Garage Doors: Your project time should take approximately 3 hours from start to finish.
- Wood Look for Front Doors: Your project time should take approximately 4 hours from start to finish.
Your Wood Look application does NOT have to be completed in a single day. You may apply the Wood Tone Base Coat and the Wood Grain Coat on separate days as long as the surface (the garage or front door) is not hot or cold to the touch.
If either is the case, allow at least one hour allow for your door to cool down or warm up. Even if ambient temperatures are in range, a door that is too hot or cold can adversely affect the dry time of the Grain Coat.
You may use your door immediately after completing your final Finish Coat. Avoid scrubbing and washing your door for at least 14 days to give the paint time to fully cure.
Only clean your door with a soft bristle brush using a mixture of dish soap and water. Do NOT clean with any harsh chemical or natural cleaners.
When stored properly, all Giani products have shelf lives of 2 years. The best storage is in a cool, dry area, away from extreme hot and cold temperatures. Applying Wood Look past the recommended shelf life will negatively affect its performance, and thus, would not be covered by our limited warranty.
During the winter months, paint is at risk for freezing due to the cold temperatures it may be exposed to during warehouse storage and delivery. Frozen paint can sometimes be tricky to determine initially because your cans won’t feel cold to the touch— however, the paint will exhibit a grainy/slushy texture. But not to worry, the paint will completely recover! We recommend allowing your paint to recover at room temperature for one week before applying. DO NOT apply the paint if it appears clumpy or frozen.