Painting Aluminum Siding
Painting aluminum siding is quite simple. The trick to this project will be to figure a way to create a layer of color that will coexist with the old grime that's already on there. First you'll have to get the panel cleaned. You'll have to remove whatever paint residue might still be on the panel. Use a very stringent thinner or similar solution. Take a sponge and vigorously rub the panel aluminum panel down.
If you want to absolutely drench the panel in the thinner, you can try this, but be warned: this is very toxic. You can spill a gallon of thinner into a pale. Before you get started with even opening up the thinner, make sure to get your safety equipment up and on first. You'll need goggles. You'll need rubber gloves-the kind that go up to the elbow. You'll need to be covered/dressed from head to toe-no flip flop slippers. You'll need a breathing filter/instrument or a gas mask-the stuff is toxic to inhale. Please do this before you start with an open canister of paint or paint thinner. Once you have your safety equipment on, proceed with the open canister of paint thinner. You can take a rag and completely submerge it-dunk it-into the thinner, then apply and brush down the panel.
Doing it this way, you'll get thinner everywhere, so be prepared for that. You don't want to do this while the panel's still on the house. If you're wanting to paint the aluminum panel while it's still on the house do not use this approach. The approach to use is to used a thinned oil base primer. You can use the primer against the panel while the panel's still affixed to the house. Before you do this, you'll still need to clean, wash and dry the panels however. So set about doing this for the entire house. Don't take it in pieces. You might as well get the whole house cleaned and dried before you set about to paint. You'll want to use a very high concentration of some really good cleaning soap. Some retail shops for home improvement such as Home Depot or Lowe's will carry specific soaps for this very explicit purpose.
Whatever soap you decide to go with-just make sure to use some common sense here, I mean you won't want to use hand soap, dish soap, or clothing wash detergent such as Tide-you should proceed with cleaning the house. You want to be abrasive, but you don't necessarily want to use a high water pressure unit to clean off the aluminum. After the first panel, you might observe that a bit of the paint comes of-in small pieces-this is natural. You don't have to worry about this. The paint will come off, just let it come off naturally. In fact, clean it out until there isn't any paint left. You won't want to see any chips or anything like that about the area of the panel. After you've completed one panel, you can proceed to the next. Complete this process until you've finished the entire house. Each panel should take 1 to 3 days to dry out. You'll have to schedule this project around a weather forecast. You won't want mist or morning dew to restart your drying process.
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