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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  • Correy.smith321
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  • Dennis
    Dennis Hesperia, MI
    I did a lot of checking around. the best advice I got was from a contractor who has been painting for 25 years .He uses a good latex paint after power washing.I did it that way and it looks great. some friends of ours said that there Brother did the same
  • Mary M. Prinzavalli
    Mary M. Prinzavalli Saint Louis, MO
    We purchased a home that had faded blue aluminum siding and we went to Sherwin Williams and asked them for a paint that would be good for that kind of siding. I wish I could remember what kind it was but we lived there for 12 years and it was still in
  • Dennis
    Dennis Hesperia, MI
    can you tell me if it is best or necessary to use an aluminum base paint.
  • Comet
    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
  • Great Home Painting
    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
  • Great Home Painting
    Great Home Painting Morrisville, PA
    Marie, read out latest post...

  • Julie H
    Julie H Lititz, PA
    So, if our siding is white, you're suggesting that we can't paint it any other color?
  • Marie farrell
    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.
  • Straight Nails Construction
    Great words (pun intended) from Great Home painting.... I would never suggest painting aluminum without priming first.....
  • Elaine Czarnecki
    Elaine Czarnecki Maumee, OH
    Thank you,so much!You just saved us many,many dollars on the update of an old,aluminum- sided house!
  • Great Home Painting
    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
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