Polytrol before after-garage

Using Polytrol to revive a dull and faded garage door

We’re always so pleased when we hear from customers who have opted to use our products for their projects.

When we received an email and some impressive before and after photos, from one such customer who had used Polytrol colour restorer to revive his garage door, we’re not exaggerating when we say that there was an audible buzz of appreciation in the Owatrol office as we took in the transformation.

It was then that we knew that we had to share how Brian (our happy customer) had achieved this result, so that our other customers could benefit, too.

First, clean your garage door

If you want to replicate Brian’s success, it’s important to ensure that your garage door is prepped before application. Your door must be clean and free of any dirt, grease, mildew or grime.

A bit of elbow grease and a bowl of soapy water is usually all you’ll need to do the job. However, if there’s any mildew on your garage door, scrub on a 50:50 bleach and water solution, leave it for 10 minutes, then rinse it off.

If you have any polishes or waxes on your garage door, you will need to remove these too.

Before moving on to the next step, ensure that your garage door is completely dry.

Now it’s time to apply Polytrol

A deep penetrating oil, Polytrol works by penetrating the surface of your door and re-wetting the pigments. This restores the colour that has been lost over the years, through exposure to pollution, rain and sunlight.

Using a brush or a cloth and only working in sections that you can complete in 10-20 minutes, apply a liberal layer of Polytrol.

As you work, if you notice any particularly matt and shiny patches, it means that the surface is absorbing Polytrol unevenly. If this happens, just move any surplus oil over to the matt areas.

Allow the product to work for 10-20 minutes, then wipe off any excess with a clean, lint-free cloth. If you want a shinier finish, you can also buff the surface with a lint-free cloth.

Polytrol on garage door before and afterIt really is as simple as that…

Now, you just need to leave Polytrol to dry.

One of the great things about Polytrol, is that it has been designed to dry to a tough and long-lasting flexible finish but with no film, so you won’t need to worry about it peeling or flaking.

Plus, Polytrol is now also available in a spray can, to make application super simple.

“Couldn’t have wished for a better result”

Brian informed us that he:

“just chanced upon your advert while browsing the net looking for a product that would improve the look of my door, and I am so very glad that I did…”

In his email, Brian also said he “couldn’t have wished for a better result”. We have to agree – his garage door has been totally transformed.

We hope this post on Polytrol used on a garage door interesting! If you have any other advice or top tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. We love hearing from you!

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4 thoughts on “Using Polytrol to revive a dull and faded garage door

  1. I have double garage doors which are a reddish brown metal. After 12 years they are now faded. As an older person I cannot tackle the job of restoring them myself so I will need to engage a decorator or handyman to do it for me. Please advise as to the product I will need, how much and approximately how long it should take to apply.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Mrs McDermott,

      Polytrol should be suitable to restore the colour of your faded garage doors.
      A 1 litre tin should be enough to cover the doors as a little goes quite a long way.
      Application of Polytrol is very quick. Simply apply it to the surface with a brush or cloth, leave it for 10-20 mins to work, then simply remove the excess with a clean lint free cloth. For a shinier finish, simply buff the surface after the excess has been removed.

      I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to contact us again should you require any further assistance.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

        1. Hi there Mark,

          It varies as to how long Polytrol will last depending on the levels of UV rays, weathering and pollution the surface is exposed to. As a general rule of thumb, Polytrol will usually last around 12 months before you need to reapply.

          However, surfaces exposed to high UV and weathering (such as by the sea) will require it more often, whereas surfaces that do not have this type of extreme exposure won’t require another application for potentially 24+ months.

          All the best,
          The Owatrol Team

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