Aluminum siding became popular during the World War II when this metal became more readily available. Aluminum was so popular because of its weather protection as well as insulating properties. In comparison to wood siding, aluminum requires very little maintenance. However, one major problem that comes with aluminum siding is that it is prone to denting and its color fades relatively quickly.
If you live in an aluminum-clad home, you should replace your siding. Aluminum remains a low-maintenance, first-rate insulating barrier against the weather. As long as your aluminum siding is performing well, you should consider preserving it by cleaning, patching, and painting the faded aluminum siding. You can spruce up the exterior of your home by painting your faded aluminum siding.
Preparing Aluminum Siding Surface:
Before you paint your faded aluminum siding, you need to prepare the surface well. It is important to scrape off peeling and flaking paint and then clean out all old caulk lines and apply new ones. You should scrub away any mildew by using a mixture of mild detergent and water. It is also important to remove all dirt and grease by hand-washing the aluminum siding with detergent and warm water. Alternatively, if you want to complete the job of surface preparation, you can rent a professional painter who will use power washer. You just need to be sure to accessorize the tool by using a low-pressure tip and be careful to direct the water stream directly at the siding.
Painting the Faded Aluminum Siding:
Priming is important to get a successful aluminum siding paint job. For the best result, you can use galvanized metal etching primer. Start by applying the primer with a synthetic polyester paintbrush. The priming job should cover the full surface area. You should allow the primer to cure for a minimum of couple of hours.
When it comes to paint faded aluminum siding, you should use 100% acrylic exterior paint. You need to use a brush first to paint the edges and then proceed with a roller. Dip the roller by pouring a few inches of paint into a tray. You need to run the roller back and forth over the faded area in order to ensure that paint gets evenly distributed over the surface. It is important to move the paint roller from left to right if the siding is horizontal, or up and down if the siding is vertically oriented.