Garage Door Care

With proper garage door care and maintenance, your Richards-Wilcox residential garage door will perform reliably for years to come. To maintain your garage door warranty, see the instructions below for when Richards-Wilcox requires performing these maintenance items. Select your environment for care and maintenance recommendations.

Normal Environment

For areas not exposed to salt, salt fog, dirt or other airborne substances, or where winter road salt is not used, here are recommendations on how to provide garage door care.

Every 6 Months

Wash the garage door and windows with a mild soap (such as car wash soap or dishwashing soap) and water. Wash both interior and exterior. Rinse thoroughly. Do not use harsh or abrasive detergents. Do not use a pressure washer to rinse door.

Lubricate garage door track and hinges with silicone or Teflon based spray. Do not use WD-40 type lubricant (oil-based), or grease. Then open and close the garage door to distribute the lubricant.

Every 12 Months

Inspect garage door springs and hardware for signs of wear. Avoid any contact with the torsion springs as they are under extreme tension. Call your local Richards-Wilcox Authorized Dealer to schedule a service call if you suspect any problems.

As Needed

If surface rust appears, immediately contact your local Richards-Wilcox Authorized Dealer for inspection and garage door repair options.

Winter Environment

For areas where winter road salt is used, here are recommendations on how to provide garage door care.

Every 6 Months

Wash the garage door and windows with a mild soap (such as car wash soap or dishwashing soap) and water. Wash both interior and exterior. Rinse thoroughly. Do not use harsh or abrasive detergents. Do not use a pressure washer to rinse door.

Lubricate garage door track and hinges with silicone or Teflon based spray. Do not use WD-40 type lubricant (oil-based), or grease. Then open and close the garage door to distribute the lubricant.

Every 12 Months

Inspect garage door springs and hardware for signs of wear. Avoid any contact with the torsion springs as they are under extreme tension. Call your local Richards-Wilcox Dealer to schedule a service call if you suspect any problems.

As Needed

Clean off road salt from garage door interior and exterior surfaces. Use a mild soap (such as car wash soap or dishwashing soap) and water. Rinse thoroughly. Do not use harsh or abrasive detergents. Do not use a pressure washer to rinse door.

If surface rust appears, immediately contact your local Richards-Wilcox Dealer for inspection and garage door repair options.

Coastal Environment

For areas with exposure to salt or salt fog, here are recommendations on how to provide garage door care.

At Installation

Apply a good quality car wax to the garage door immediately after installation; unless you are going to paint the door (see accompanying painting instructions). Follow car wax application instructions. DO NOT APPLY WAX TO ACCUFINISH®, ARMORFINISH®, OR ANODIZED ALUMINUM DOORS!

For ArmorBrite™ (powder coated) doors wait a minimum of 3 months to apply wax.

Every 6 Months

Wash the garage door and windows with a mild soap (such as car wash soap or dishwashing soap) and water. Wash both interior and exterior. Rinse thoroughly. Do not use harsh or abrasive detergents. Do not use a pressure washer to rinse door.

Wax the garage door. See “At Installation.”

Lubricate garage door track and hinges with silicone or Teflon based spray. Do not use WD-40 type lubricant (oil-based), or grease. Then open and close the garage door to distribute the lubricant.

Every 12 Months

Inspect garage door springs and hardware for signs of wear. Avoid any contact with the torsion springs as they are under extreme tension. Contact your local Richards-Wilcox Authorized Dealer to schedule a service call if you suspect any problems.

As Needed

Clean off road salt from garage door interior and exterior surfaces. Use a mild soap (such as car wash soap or dishwashing soap) and water. Rinse thoroughly. Do not use harsh or abrasive detergents. Do not use a pressure washer to rinse door.

If surface rust appears, immediately contact your local Richards-Wilcox Authorized Dealer for inspection and garage door repair options.

Harsh Environment

For areas with exposure to dirt or other airborne substances, here are recommendations on how to provide garage door care.

At Installation

Apply a good quality car wax to the garage door immediately after installation; unless you are going to paint the door (see accompanying painting instructions). Follow car wax application instructions. DO NOT APPLY WAX TO ACCUFINISH®, ARMORFINISH®, OR ANODIZED ALUMINUM DOORS!

For ArmorBrite™ (powder coated) doors wait a minimum of 3 months to apply wax.

Every 6 Months

Wash the garage door and windows with a mild soap (such as car wash soap or dishwashing soap) and water. Wash both interior and exterior. Rinse thoroughly. Do not use harsh or abrasive detergents. Do not use a pressure washer to rinse door.

Wax the garage door. See “At Installation.”

Lubricate garage door track and hinges with silicone or Teflon based spray. Do not use WD-40 type lubricant (oil-based), or grease. Then open and close the garage door to distribute the lubricant.

Every 12 Months

Inspect garage door springs and hardware for signs of wear. Avoid any contact with the torsion springs as they are under extreme tension. Contact your local Richards-Wilcox Authorized Dealer to schedule a service call if you suspect any problems.

As Needed

Clean off road salt from the interior and exterior garage door surfaces. Use a mild soap (such as car wash soap or dishwashing soap) and water. Rinse thoroughly. Do not use harsh or abrasive detergents. Do not use a pressure washer to rinse door.

If surface rust appears, immediately contact your local Richards-Wilcox Authorized Dealer for inspection and garage door repair options.

Painting Instruction

The exterior and interior of this door is painted with a baked-on finish. No additional painting is required, however if another colour is desired, the following instructions must be followed.

Clean the surface of the door with a powder cleanser, like Comet, to remove protective wax, as well as dirt and grease. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.

Use acrylic latex water-based exterior paint. Apply according to paint and manufacturer’s instruction. Any high quality exterior latex is acceptable.

Do not use oil based or any “rust inhibitive” paint.

Do not paint in direct sunlight or when door surface is warm to the touch. Lap marks will result.
Brush application is recommended.

Warning: Since Richards-Wilcox has no control over re-coating, we do not warrant this product against peeling of the original factory applied baked on finish or subsequent coats of paint where re-coating has occurred.