My old downspouts are peeling badly. Rather than scrape and paint, I
decided to get new ones. While I hate to thrash the old perfectly good
spouts, paint cleanup is no fun.
Question: Do I need to paint the new downspouts? They are aluminum and
already painted white, with whatever paint was used. Very thin coat. They
are from HD. Is the paint on them durable, or is it just a coat of primer?
If it has a slight gloss to it, it is not a primer but final coat. and
A few years ago I could not find brown down spouts so I bought white and
sanded with 400 grit (very lightly) then rubbed them down with denatured
then painted with Krylon in the spray can (two light coats) (flat brown)
they still look great
This is a little off topic, but at my local hardware store, they
charge more for thin sheet metal downspouts than they do for thick-
walled ABS pipe, which is very paintable.
Now that I think about it, it may explain why you don't see round
metal downspouts for sale very often. Maybe manufacturers can't
compete with ABS pipe.
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