Sunday, May 1, 2011

Prepping Aluminum Siding for Painting

Hello little panels - soon you will be painted and we will
stop hating you and laughing behind your back.
The purple aluminum siding that covers most of the exterior of our home has been oxidized and faded beyond recognition. You would never know that, one day more than 50 years ago, it was a beautiful, rich, deep purple! We plan to repaint the aluminum and honor the original color... just as soon as we get a hundred panels off the side of the house.

What we didn't realize until we started to pull them down is that the large aluminum panels are actually numerous thin, tall panels that interlock and are individually attached to the house with screws. And, in some parts, rusted nails that refuse to loosen up!

No more priming! Huzzah.
 We did a lot of reading on painting oxidized aluminum panels, so hopefully our current approach is the right one. We're starting by power washing each panel to remove the dirt, spider webs and dead bugs. Next, we planned to prime the panels with an oil-based primer... but after a test, we realized that the primer was showing through the paint. Luckily, after a paint test without the primer, we determined the oil primer was unnecessary. Hooray, another opportunity to save some time!

And that's as far as we've gotten. Isn't it depressing? Thanks to snow, rain, wind, more snow, even more rain, and lots of kitchen demolition, we haven't made much progress on the panel painting.

On the positive side... how PUMPED are you for the exterior reveal?!

This is what the aluminum panels currently look like... Bonus that they're totally nasty up close.
This is what's behind the panels. Bonus that there is NO mold here! Unlike the kitchen.
Remember the part about the panels being nasty up close?
Here we see what's leftover of a large and very hungry city of spiders. Nooo thank you, spiders.
Ummm, you're not a screw. And that is bad.


  1. I am trying to reach you. I am purchasing an identical home in Grand Rapids MI and am looking for some ideas and help for materials. My email is

  2. I want to put up aluminum siding on my home. At this point, I can't find any siding in a color that I like. From your photo it is nice to see that I can repaint the siding before I put it up. When I was thinking of this siding project, I didn't consider that I'd need to put a new coat of paint on the panels.

  3. exterior painting contractor
    External surfaces art work tasks ought to be connected with good excellent to help past for quite a while in to the future, MAC Design Corp may simply just these external surfaces art work tasks. A superb external surfaces art work task will probably increase everything of this siding in addition to enhance the glimpse connected with people household. MAC Design Corp will always make guaranteed to address most of these various toil strenuous ways interested in art work the outer of any developing: Cooking do the job, safeguard, electric power laundering, electric power sanding, scraping, caulking, priming, puttying in addition to art work. Every little thing will probably performed by means of skillfully prepared painters in addition to cooking individuals, to be sure that ones external surfaces colour is usually on the ideal excellent.

  4. The vast majority have raved about the natural proficiency of the item while with the aluminum packaging, you can make sure that your window won't hurt anybody or anything encompassing

  5. Interesting information I haven’t been through such information in a long time. ashi inspectors