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CAN ALUMINUM SIDING BE PAINTED?

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Q: My house has aluminum siding. It is really worn and faded. Can aluminum siding be painted or should I think about replacing it?
A: This is a GREAT home repair question. No need to replace it. You can paint your aluminum siding. Aluminum will last forever. Paint left on any surface will oxidize over time.You just don't see it on wood because the paint peels before it oxidizes. The cure for the siding is to power wash the oxidized paint off as much as possible.Sometimes brushing it off as well. Then simply paint two coats then you are good for another 25 years. I recommend a satin finish to restore the metallic look.

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  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jan 18, 2013

    Good to know...

  • Jerri T
    Jerri T Portage, MI
    on Jan 18, 2013

    No need to prime?

  • Susan B
    Susan B
    on Jan 18, 2013

    my neighbor has power-washed and painted his house twice in the 35 years I have lived next door. It looks brand new.

  • Lois D
    Lois D Ridgway, PA
    on Jan 18, 2013

    Will the "chalk" come off with power washing?

  • Mary T
    Mary T Corpus Christi, TX
    on Jan 18, 2013

    Any suggestions for Aluminum Aluminum siding....the siding has never been painted and is 60 years old....I would love to paint it...but how?

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