Metal carports are not only a great way to add covered parking or storage to your property, but they can be an excellent visual addition, as well. When designed carefully, a new carport can complement the buildings that are already on your property. If you have a carport in place and you aren’t happy with how it looks, painting that structure may be a good option to achieve just the right appearance for your tastes.
Before we get started, it should be noted that painting your carport from Carport Kingdom will result in voiding any warranty, so proceed at your own discretion. As a better alternative to painting your own carport, you can order a new structure from Carport Kingdom and design every last detail to be perfect from the beginning. Explore our Build & Price tool to see what colors we offer, along with the many other features you can add. Our team is always ready to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us if any questions come up!
Make Some Design Decisions
Before any work is done to the carport itself, you will want to decide on the color or colors you are going to use for this project. The color scheme you select is completely up to you, of course, but we have a few pointers to keep in mind for this task:
- Consider a contrasting trim. While there is nothing wrong with painting the entire structure one color, and that would be the simplest approach, going with a contrasting shade for the trim pieces on the carport can add visual interest without much additional work.
- Match or not? If your carport is near your home or another structure, you’ll need to decide if you want to try to match the paint color on that other building or go with contrasting but complementing colors. Try to picture both options and make a confident decision.
- Plan for wear and tear. For carports that will be placed in a location that is likely to get dusty and dirty, going with a dark paint color could be a smart pick. With a dark brown or black coat of paint, you may not feel the need to wash the carport so often, which will cut down on your maintenance burden.
Painting Your Carport
With your paint colors picked out and ready to go, it’s time to paint your carport! To get started, give the carport a thorough wash and make sure that any loose debris is removed so you have a clean surface on which to work. Then, use some sandpaper to go over the entire carport with a light pass. This quick sanding will roughen the surface of the metal and make it easier for the primer and paint to stick properly.
Speaking of primer, yes, you should be using a primer coat before you apply your paint. While you might get decent results just applying the paint directly to the metal, those results shouldn’t be expected to last. For results that will stand up better over time, go through the extra step of coating the carport with primer and letting it dry before applying the paint coats. Make sure your primer is compatible to your paint or else the paint won’t stick.
When priming or painting, be sure to pick the right day to do the job. You don’t want to be fighting weather conditions like rain or particularly cold temperatures. Patience will go a long way toward getting the results you desire. Keep an eye on the forecast and pick out an opportunity where your local weather will offer mild temperatures and no precipitation.
Perfect From the Start
When you design a custom carport from the ground up, including the paint colors, you won’t have to worry about doing anything to that structure once it has been installed. Instead, you can just sit back, watch it be constructed, and look forward to reliable performance for years to come. We look forward to working with you on this project, so reach out today to learn more.