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01.27.14

CAN ALUMINUM SIDING BE PAINTED?

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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  • Mary T Corpus Christi, TX
    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?
  • Lori Sawaya El Paso, TX
    When painting siding, aluminum or vinyl, it's wise to choose a color that is the same light reflectance value (LRV) as the original manufacturer's color. In other words, don't choose a color that is darker than the original color. Also, make sure it's a
  • Cookie Melanson Peabody, MA
    My husband painted our house from white to beige with the special paint he bought at the paint store. a little pricey but well worth it. Much cheaper than changing the siding. Looks like a new house. I love it.
  • Great Home Painting Morrisville, PA
    Yes, Jerri T. You should power wash and prime. Be sure to use a mixture of a gallon of an oil based primer (high quality) and one pint of paint thinner. This combination is going to create a good solid layer between the potentially oxidized aluminum and
  • Great Home Painting Morrisville, PA
    Lois D. Yes the chalk will come off the siding and you want it to come off. If you leave it to build up over time it will adhere to the aluminum siding. At that points it's very hard to get rid of. It's important that you regularly inspect for chalk and
  • Great Home Painting Morrisville, PA
    Mary T. You definitely want to get a professional to take a look at your siding and determine the condition. If it's never been painted in 60 years you may have some issues.
  • Great Home Painting Morrisville, PA
    Lori.... It is a general rule of thumb to never paint vinyl siding any darker than its original color, because significantly darker colors will absorb more radiant energy from the sun and may cause vinyl siding to warp. That rule will significantly
  • Thank you,so much!You just saved us many,many dollars on the update of an old,aluminum- sided house!
  • Great words (pun intended) from Great Home painting.... I would never suggest painting aluminum without priming first.....
  • Marie farrell Rhinebeck, NY
    any special process to paint Vinyl siding our home is 20 years old and seems to need alot of yearly cleaning due to green mold. any way to avoid this if painting and will the paint peel like paint on wood after a period of time.
  • Julie H Lititz, PA
    So, if our siding is white, you're suggesting that we can't paint it any other color?
  • Great Home Painting Morrisville, PA
    Marie, read out latest post...

    http://www.hometalk.com/871601/can-vinyl-sid...

  • Great Home Painting Morrisville, PA
    Julie, no that's not what we are saying but you don't want to go too dark especially if you are talking about vinyl siding. Check out this link to various paint "families". If your siding is white, try to keep your selection in the White family or the
  • Comet Oradell, NJ
    Not sure if this is the "best" place to post this but will also make new post--we have a manufactured home built in 1977 with that awful green--you know the one!!!!--alum siding. Metal NOT vinyl. Never been painted. has white trim on soffit etc. Now the
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