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Can You Paint on Exterior Aluminum Windows or Siding?

Does your home’s exterior need a new paint job?


If so, you might be curious about how paint would be applied to the different materials used in home construction, like brick, stucco, and even aluminum siding.


The question is, can you paint on exterior aluminum windows or siding? Will the paint stick well enough to last over the long haul?


Can You Paint on Exterior Aluminum Windows or Siding?


The answer is, yes. Fortunately, you should have no problem painting over any aluminum material on your home’s exterior, including siding and windows. In fact, aluminum accepts paint very well and actually sticks to this material better than other types of materials, including vinyl.


One of the great things about aluminum is that it doesn’t shrink or expand like wood. So when you paint over it, it won’t crack or peel like paint over wood might.


The finish applied over top of the paint also matters. A good quality finish applied over aluminum windows or siding should last for several years, as long as the surface is adequately prepared before painting over top.


As far as the exact type of paint is concerned, exterior acrylic latex paint is typically the best option for painting aluminum windows or siding. It’s also best not to choose a glossy finish when painting over this material, as it could make any imperfections or dents stand out. Instead, it may be best to choose a flat or satin finish paint.


Further, you may want to consider choosing a paint colour that closely matches the colour that your aluminum siding or windows are already painted in. That said, your painting professionals will know exactly what to do and how to apply paint over top of your aluminum if you choose to go with a colour that’s completely different from what you already have.


Painting aluminum siding or windows should typically involve applying two coats of primer, timed appropriately so that the first coat of primer is completely dry before the second coat is applied.


The actual paint itself should also be applied in two coats once the primer coats have thoroughly dried. Again, be sure to wait long enough for the first coat of paint to dry before applying the second coat.


Afterwards, it helps to take a close inspection of the paint job to identify any spots that may have been missed, paint drips, or bumps. Further, if the underlying aluminum finish can still be seen beneath the paint, you may want to consider applying another coat just to be safe.


Rather than tackling this job on your own, consider hiring experts in exterior house painting, especially when it comes to painting over aluminum windows or siding. When it’s time to have your home make sure to call the professionals at Aura Home Painters to paint your house!

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