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Practical Tips For Painting Aluminum Siding

Columbia Paint Painting Aluminum Tips

Over time, aluminum siding can fade, just like any other siding. Many homeowners paint their aluminum siding to restore its natural shine. However, painting aluminum is more complex than simply slapping on some paint. To ensure a successful paint job, there are proactive measures you need to take. Below are some helpful tips to consider when painting aluminum surfaces like siding.

Start The Process By Cleaning Your Metal

To ensure a successful paint job, it is crucial to clean the surface beforehand. If you have aluminum siding, it may have a chalky layer that needs to be removed before painting. Even if no chalk exists, cleaning the surface and removing debris or mold is still recommended. A power washer can help achieve the desired results for your project.

Prepare Your Surface

Checking for loose or peeling paint is essential when painting an existing surface. Remove any debris and sand any rough edges before starting to paint. Additionally, prepare the surface by fixing any dents or damage.

Utilize Primer For Aluminum

Properly prime the surface beforehand to achieve a smooth and even paint application. Additionally, preparing the surface in a way that prevents mildew is crucial. Specifically for aluminum siding, oil-based primers are often suggested over latex. Regardless of your primer, waiting 48 hours before painting the surface is essential.

Use The Right Paint

When choosing paint for aluminum, it’s best to go with exterior acrylic latex paint. Avoid glossy paints and opt for satin or eggshell finishes, which are easier to clean. Be sure to let the paint cure for 48 hours between applications, just like the primer.


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