The cracks and chips on aluminum siding are to be repaired, retouched and repainted for better looks. To do the job correctly, below are a few tips and tricks to get the job done correctly for perfect results.
For exterior paint, the rain and sun are the leading causes of the faster rate with which the external aluminum paint wears and tears. The cracking of aluminum paint is not a simple cosmetic problem. The cracking, with time, allows air through the aluminum followed by the oxidation of aluminum, causing more damage to the paint. It is for this main reason why the cracks need timely repairing and repainting.
For you to paint the aluminum siding and make it last longer, the following tips should be helpful and provide perfect durable results.
- Do not paint in summer.
Paint needs time to dry for cure purposes. Therefore, it will have no time to heal in a humid climate. On the other hand, it would dry too fast due to exposure to direct sunlight or wind. To bond with the surface, it needs to dry at an appropriate speed. The time to paint needs to be in the season or week of overcast and dry weather.
- Desist from using power washers
The ideal surface to paint is that which is clean free of loose particles and is dry. Power washers should only be limited to use by qualified individuals only. In as much as it is the easiest way to eliminate dirt from the siding, possibilities of water getting behind the siding are high, which in turn can be responsible for a leak within the house. A mild detergent and a big sponge is the safest way to go about in cleaning the wall before painting for beginners and safety purposes.
- Sanding time should be sufficient
In as much as it is painstaking work to sand the whole of the exterior walls of a house, it is worth it. Certainly because the sanding activity is capable or removing the dirt and chips that washing could not eliminate. Employing the use of an electric sander is an easy way to go about it.
- An oil primer, not a latex primer
For priming purposes, a thinned metal-based and oil primer is the ideal priming element. In thinning the primer, one pint is enough to thin a whole gallon of paint. The use of latex based paint for priming is highly discourage since they have ammonia components in them. They thus bubble when used on metal surfaces and thus a discouraged.
- Tint primers
The paint to use as a finisher is to be utilized for tinting purposes on the primer. It adds to the color consistency of the finishing coat and as such boosts the looks. The number of top coats to be used can also be reduced by the mere activity of tinting the primer.
- Use conversant tools
In case one has never employed the use of a hairless sprayer initially, there is no point in using it now. Using a paint sprayer without adequate knowledge can lead to an uneven thickness of paint on the walls. For smooth finishing, a foam hand roller is sufficient. For parts it cannot reach, a high-quality brush is good enough.
- Say no to cheapness
For the finishing aspects, an acrylic latex paint can be used without any harm. This because of the oil based primer initially used. The higher the acrylic resin content, the higher the price and this can translate to high durability of the paint on the walls. For a factory-finished look, a satin or low luster paint is the best option.