Like any other kind of siding, aluminum will begin to fade over time—for example, many paint aluminum siding on their homes to restore its natural shine. Aluminum is a metal you can paint but can’t just jump into the painting. There are proactive measures you need to take before painting aluminum. Consider these helpful tips below when painting aluminum surfaces.
Clean Your Metal First
Before starting your paint job, you should clean the surface. Occasionally, aluminum siding will acquire a chalky layer that must be removed before proceeding. Even if the siding is not chalking, you should clean the surface and remove debris or mold. You can use a power washer to get the most out of your project.
Prepare Your Surface
If you’re painting over a surface that isn’t new, you may need to inspect for loose or peeling paint. Remove any debris and sand any rough edges before applying paint. You must also prepare the surface by removing dents and repairing damaged areas.
Use Primer For Metals Like Aluminum
Priming the surface properly is vital if you want your paint to go on evenly and smoothly. It is also crucial to prevent mildew while preparing the surface for painting. As opposed to latex, oil-based primers are frequently recommended for use with aluminum siding. However, you must wait 48 hours before applying paint, regardless of your choice.
Use The Right Paint For The Job
Exterior acrylic latex paint is the finest option when selecting paint for aluminum. It would also be helpful if you simply avoided any glossy paints. Additionally, satin and eggshell fabrics are easy to clean. Let the paint cure between applications for 48 hours as with your primer.
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