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Old 02-24-2011, 11:45 AM   #1
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How would I go about patching/filling holes in aluminum siding and then painting? I have some holes there from changing out our shutters and would like an idea of how to fill these holes and paint them to match the house. (I painted the aluminum siding last year, so I have the paint) Thanks.

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how big are the holes???

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If it were me I would sand/file down the ridge left from the screws holding the shutters on and use bondo to fill the holes left over.
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holes are about 1/4 inch, maybe 3/8 inch. not large at all
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shove something in there then caulk/fill ..............whatever works best for you.............
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Just caulk it using paintable Caulk that has a high weather rating. It will seal out moisture. You can tool the caulk by licking your finger and passing over the holes. it will push the caulk in as well as smooth the surface hiding it better than just having a painted blob
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Caulk will shrink. Take a hammer and lightly dent the area where the hole is so there is a slight valley for the product to fill and bit into. Then use exterior grade spackle or even better would be bondo as was suggested above.
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Caulk will shrink. Take a hammer and lightly dent the area where the hole is so there is a slight valley for the product to fill and bit into. Then use exterior grade spackle or even better would be bondo as was suggested above.
This is the way to go....and use bondo.
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I meant paintable silicone. It wont shrink or crack in weather. For example: GE silicone II paintable silicone. Is rain ready in 3 hours. Paintable in 30 mins. Is ok for freezing temperatures, shrink proof, crack proof.

This is what I use:
http://www.caulkyourhome.com/GE-sili...e-silicone.php


If you go the caulking route just make sure you don't use acrylic caulk. Only silicone. As pointed out acrylic will shrink and crack.
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shoot spray foam in there then knock it down smooth then paint it???? I mean what the hell they're only 1/4'' holes no need to get all labor intensive on them ................
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shoot spray foam in there then knock it down smooth then paint it???? I mean what the hell they're only 1/4'' holes no need to get all labor intensive on them ................
In your own words, if you did that I would fire you and keep a days pay. Most painting contractors I know would fire you and keep a days pay. There is a way to do things with pride and then there is half a** things.
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In your own words, if you did that I would fire you and keep a days pay. Most painting contractors I know would fire you and keep a days pay. There is a way to do things with pride and then there is half a** things.
You got a point there. Spray foam is nasty stuff to get on the siding of your house and never leaves a paintable surface.
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This is the way to go....and use bondo.
If the hole is toward the sun all year around, it will not last.
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If the hole is toward the sun all year around, it will not last.
Bondo will last a long time and it won't take you that long to apply. Be sure to get bondo for metal and not wood. We use bondo a lot for dented metal doors, metal door frames and even siding on occasion
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Thanks for all the feedback. I'm thinking Bondo is the way to go.

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