Friday, August 7th, 2015 by James Hartkorn
Image via John Hurd on Flickr
Did you know you don’t have to live with the white color your gutters came with? You can actually paint them to match the rest of your home, with a variety of complementary colors to choose from. This is the ideal way to update and protect your gutters so that they enhance the appearance of your home and therefore boost your curb appeal. Not sure how to paint gutters? Here are some tips on paint choice, color choice, safety, and application techniques.
TYPES OF PAINT
Head to the home improvement store to pick up primer and paint. Ask the sales associate which type of paint would be best for your aluminum gutters. Often, this is regular latex paint that you would use on your home’s exterior. Steer clear of latex paint primer that contains ammonia, which tends to react with oxidized aluminum to create a gas bubble beneath the layers, according to Ask the Builder. Instead, you’ll want to look for a clear acrylic bonding primer that works well with your final coat of 100 percent acrylic paint. Paint the gutters within 48 hours of applying the primer. The color you choose for your gutters is highly dependent on the color of your home. Consult a professional for advice on the best complementary shade or color before making a final selection. Color wheels can also be extremely helpful in this process.
HOW TO PAINT YOUR GUTTERS
You’ll have to be careful with this process, as your gutters are attached to the home and you don’t want to get any paint on your siding. Wear the proper safety gear, such as a face mask to avoid breathing in paint fumes. You’ll also need gloves, grout sponges, buckets of warm soapy water, a sturdy ladder and harness for extra safety. If possible, have a buddy there to help you out.
Once you’re ready to get started, remove all traces of old paint with a brush or scraper. Then give your gutters a good cleaning, either with a sponge and warm soapy water or with a pressure washer on the lowest setting. It’s imperative not to skip the cleaning process, or else the paint won’t adhere properly. Use a scouring pad if you see rust; if there’s mildew, use a mixture of bleach and water by letting it sit for 20 minutes, then scrubbing it off.
Prime the gutters using a straight up and down motion, then follow once it’s dried with a fade-resistant exterior latex paint. Use a smaller brush for detail, then follow up with broad strokes for a second pass to ensure there are no visible drips. Let dry.
Many of today’s gutter models are comprised of vinyl that are available in many different shades and colors. But if you have aluminum gutters and want to spruce up the house’s look, painting is the way to go. If you’re not sure how to paint gutters, no worries: call in the experts at LeafGuard by Midlands Home Solutions. Let us show you how it’s done! We can be reached at 1-844-807-6136.
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