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Old 05-29-2013, 03:48 PM   #16
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Believe it or not many times I have used a Whizz 6" roller to do aluminum siding. It holds a lot of paint and has an edge to it that gets the underside of the siding. It has a bit of a learning curve to it in that you have to learn to load it up properly and be a bit gentle when getting the underside of the siding. If you're not comfortable with that, any polyester blend 3/8 or 1/2 roller cover works fine. I also like the contractor grade golden eagle from Purdy that is sold in most Lowe's stores.

P.S. I get very little orange peel when rolling aluminum siding. In fact, if done properly, it actually will look like you sprayed it on.

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Everyone keeps saying a roller is perfectly fine and the paint Is good at leveling. I was considering buying a sprayer for 80-100 at home depot and using my compressor too.

you will have to back roll it anyway, so why spray?
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So rolling, do I need to roll the entire length of the panel At once or can I do it in vertical sections? I don't have scaffolding is the problem some can't walk the whole length of the wall up high.
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Anyone on the last comment?
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So rolling, do I need to roll the entire length of the panel At once or can I do it in vertical sections? I don't have scaffolding is the problem some can't walk the whole length of the wall up high.
Doing it in vertical section will create visible lap marks where the sections meet. If at all possible, go the whole length of the panels. This can be tricky up high I know.

If you have to do it that way up high. Try to minimize the overlap from one set to the next. Anywhere you paint back into dried paint will show. The less glossy the paint, the less it will show. Lighter colors show laps a little less too.
Lap marks tend to show up more over time also. As the paint cures, and then starts to fade a little, they look even worse.
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Sometimes you have to roll vertical because the aluminum has warped/cupped a bit, but, mostly you go the length of the siding. Take just 2 or 3 sections of siding at a time. Any more and you will get obvious lap marks.
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Guys,

How long do you think I can wait from the time I pressure wash the siding to actually painting it? I'd like to pressure wash it this weekend, and start painting next weekend. Likely do a little priming in between.
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Guys,

How long do you think I can wait from the time I pressure wash the siding to actually painting it? I'd like to pressure wash it this weekend, and start painting next weekend. Likely do a little priming in between.

that would be fine
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good thread. as i want to paint my gutters, soffit and facia. one of these days.
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How long do you think I can wait from the time I pressure wash the siding to actually painting it? I'd like to pressure wash it this weekend, and start painting next weekend. Likely do a little priming in between.
That should be fine, but aluminum in the sun can chalk up quickly. If your using an additive to help the bond, its not as much of an issue.
Maybe just check the siding in the sunny areas right before you paint to make sure they haven't re-chalked.
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Everyone, thanks for all the help so far. I secured the loose panels today, and filled any holes. Washing early this week, then spot priming and hopefully painting come next weekend, crossing my fingers on the weather.

Hoping to be able to paint it in one weekend.

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