I would like to paint the faded green aluminum siding on my house. Are
there any special considerations for preparing the surface before painting?
Is there any downside to spraying vs. brushing? Thanks in advance.
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Mobile homes are often painted, so products (both cleaners and paint)
formulated for their aluminum siding ought to work just fine.
<< Is there any downside to spraying vs. brushing? >>
If you're not familiar with the many types of spray rigs you could wind up with
a monochromatic neighborhood. Visit a specialty paint store (the kind where the
pros buy their stuff) and ask some questions. Your choice may be either airless
or HVLP, either one a mite pricey for a one-off job. Consider having a crew
come in and do the job after you mull over all the caveats. Good luck.
I don't do this myself (house is too tall and too many difficult
angles for the ladders) but we have a painter do it. We use Benjamin
Moore "Moorglo" exterior latex and it works great. The
paint job lasts around 8+ years on average. We use semi-gloss -- it
looks a little glow-y at first but tones down in a few weeks. One time
the painter used flat paint and it didn't look as good and didn't last
By all means, paint it. Our cheap aluminum siding was in pretty bad
shape after years of neglect by several previous owners and painting
it was the single best cosmetic improvement we made to the house.
Wash it down and prime it the first time around. The painter used a
regular hose and a brush to wash it the first time, but it was no big
cleanup job, believe me. He came with a power washer in later years,
but was very gentle with it. No blasting.
The only disadvantage is that you have to continue painting it when it
needs it. But you know that.
Our painter used brushes and rollers -- mostly brushes. If you spray
it, you risk a big mess and you are faced with a lot more prep work
masking off windows and doors and trim. However, that's my perception,
and I'm not the one doing it.
I'm just about done painting my siding now. I used Behr Premium Plus
Acrylic Latex - Simi-Gloss. The paint is very viscous and went on
easily with brushes. A single coat was all that was necessary. For
pre-cleaning I just used a hose attached to a bottle of Olympic House
Wash (Lowes). In easy to reach areas I scrubbed the siding with a
scrub brush. Doing this myself has been quite an effort, especially
moving a 28' ladder around, I'm not as young as I used to be. Several
sections have been complete for seveal months now and everything
looks really good! I'm not sure that spraying would have been easier,
especially considering the architecture of my home, I would have spent
as much time prepping things to handle overspray and then cleaning
all of the apparatus. Also consider how much time you can devote
each day. Clean up time is short with brushes.
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