Aluminium and Vinyl Siding Restoration
1)Clean the surface
For the best adhesion, make sure the surface is smooth and clean. Use steel wool to smooth rough spots, and wash with water and a mild detergent or another cleanser suitable for use on aluminum siding. (Fig. 1) Rinse thoroughly and let dry.
2) Caulk all openings
Caulk around all openings in the siding. Seal leak-prone seams such as those around outlets and windows and doors where aluminum J-channel trim laps into wood casing. Use a flexible caulk that can maintain the seal when the siding shifts. (Fig. 2)
3) Fill holes
Fill small holes and punctures using caulk or a two-part auto-body filler. Also cover the heads of nails or screws used to make repairs. (Fig. 3) If using filler, mix it according to package directions and then use a putty knife to remove excess and smooth it down. Let the patch dry and then sand it smooth and paint over it with primer.
4) Paint the siding
Once all of the aluminum siding is prepared, treat it like any other wall. Apply a primer suitable for use on aluminum and follow the manufacturer's directions. Use a latex house paint for the topcoat. To help disguise the repaint job, carefully cut in around openings, and paint the trim as well as the siding. (Fig. 4) Use a 4-, 5-, or 6-inch wall brush as necessary; when cutting in at edges, angled bristles work best.
We have been restoring aluminum and vinyl siding for better than 10 years now. You will be amazed, with the proper preparation and application you will not only get a "New" look but a finished coating that generally lasts twice as long as your typical wood or cementious substrates, due not only to a professional installation but the fact that these materials have a much more stable expansion coefficient. Please don't hesitate to ask us for a list of homes that we have renew for your review!!!
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