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How To Paint Aluminum Siding

How To Paint Aluminum Siding

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December 12, 2005

You don't have to look at your peeling, cracking, fading siding paint anymore. How to paint aluminum siding is a project most homeowners can complete. Unfortunately aluminum is not free from maintenance. Here are a few ideas on how to paint aluminum siding without problems or errors.

With the task of how to paint aluminum siding, just like other painting projects your choice of paint is a very important. You don't want to have to redo it for a while, so make sure you choose a one hundred percent acrylic latex paint. Using this type of paint will help your finish last longer and resist peeling, cracking and fading.

The surface of your siding must be cleaned and prepared so your new paint will adhere to the aluminum. If not correctly completed this is one area that will cause problems with your new paint. If there is one thing many choose to skimp on when first learning how to paint aluminum siding it is the area of cleaning and preparing the surface.

Remove any deteriorating paint and corrosion. After this task is complete you must wash and rinse the siding well. Even pressure washing is a great idea. At this point, check for mildew. If you have mildew you must treat it with a, bleach and water solution. This will help to eliminate the re-occurrence of the mildew.

How to Paint Aluminum Siding

If you are comfortable with the cleaning process, but are still nervous about how to paint aluminum siding, don't be. It's easier than you think. Just follow these steps.

  1. Priming is not necessary with this type of paint, but if you have bad spots or bare metal, you may want to prime those areas with an exterior alkyd primer before painting. Also look for chalky spots.
  2. The finish the paint can come in glossy, semi-gloss, eggshell, or satin. Just keep in mind, the glossier the finish, the more apparent dents and spots will become. Once you've decided on the finish, choose the color.
  3. Before you begin to paint you'll want to cover areas like plants and landscape accessories for protection from the paint. Painting is messy. Don't hesitate to protect the areas where you don't want spatters and spills.
  4. For a smoother, more consistent finish, it is good to use a sprayer to apply the paint. You may want to apply a second coat once the first coat is dry.
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