Painting Galvanized drip edge


I'm about to paint some fascia board and drip edge. The drip edge is in very good shape, no chipped paint, or peeling.
Is there something I can wipe it down with that will clean it and ready it for paint?
Or, should I "scuff" it lightly with a fine sand paper first?
12 year old latex paint.
Thanks.
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On Mon, 26 Oct 2009 10:57:08 -0800, Oren wrote:

Use a primer designed for galvanized.
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On Mon, 26 Oct 2009 14:29:13 -0500, Michael Dobony

Check. The primer works on "painted metal".
Anything I can wipe it down with that evaporates fast? Surely, I cannot haul a bucket of water and TSP on ladder all day (rinse clean).
The fascia board is down to wood and only the drip prep is needed for prime/paint.
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I'd be thinking a spray bottle of Simple Green, and a scrub brush. Rinse with garden hose. Oh, be sure to know that I'm not a painter, and I'm probably totally wrong, here.
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Are you painting over galvanized or over the 12 year old paint?
Don't scuff the galvanize coating or you can damage it. If you are going over paint, clean, sand if needed, paint. Depending on condition, a primer can help. If using a color, have the primer tinted too.
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wrote:

The drip edge is painted and 12 year old latex. Desert sun, but not obvious peeling or chips on the paint now.

I plan on two coats on primer and eventually get to the "money" coat of finish paint. Fascia is clean to wood, but the galv. drip has the original paint.
I was looking for something to wipe it down with and then prime and paint.
Maybe just some steel wool/tack cloth, now that I think about it. That would take off any surface film/oxidation/dirt.
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Oren wrote:

Why two coats of primer? I thought primer was just supposed to be the bonding layer between the old surface and the new paint. Personally, I'd make the two coats be the final finish for longer life.
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wrote:

Bob,
Thanks for reminding me. Sometimes I over-think things when I should not be thinking :-/
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Benjamin Moore 'Fresh Start' primer would be my choice. Maybe a quick once over with a power washer, but only if there were some really dirty places. Anything more than that seems like extra work IMO.
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