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For today’s blog, we will discuss the process of cleaning aluminum siding. There are a few things that need to be done before painting. You must adequately clean to remove the paint’s oxidation, a chemical process that occurs over time.
The paint oxidizes and creates a powder-like texture. If you don’t clean this off, it will not be suitable for the new paint bonding to the surface of the aluminum. This article will give you an idea of what cleaning preparations you should do before painting aluminum siding.
Cleaning Aluminum Siding Process
The first step is pressure-washing the aluminum siding. Rinse the surface and use a medium pressure level and an angled spray nozzle. You should concentrate on one home’s side at a time and spray from top to bottom.
2.) Wet down the vegetation
Lightly wet the vegetation around the house before spraying cleaners or outdoor bleach products. Read the container instructions to ensure the mixture is produced correctly. Also, put on the recommended protective gear, which includes gloves, glasses, and a mask.
3.) Spray the area
After wetting down the area, spray the cleaner on your home. You don’t have to worry about your plants being damaged. This is one of the reasons why you have to pre-wet the vegetation, to prevent the cleaner from getting on them.
4.) Brush off the oxidation and dirt
Use a specific scrub brush to remove the oxidation and dirt when cleaning the aluminum siding. This is an important step, so make sure that you clean the surface and that there shouldn’t be any dirt left. Then, allow the cleaner to work.
5.) Scrub the surface
Scrub down the surface and get as much oxidation and powdery stuff. You may have to do multiple sprays while scrubbing the aluminum siding. Then, rinse it off with the pressure washer to get rid of all the dirt and oxidation dust away from the house.
4.) Re-wet the area
You have to re-wet the vegetation around the house to wash off any chemicals that may have gotten on the plants or bushes. No need to worry about killing the plants since outdoor bleach is used outdoors. It’s not as harmful as regular bleaching might be.
5.) Lastly, rinse the area and allow the aluminum siding to dry
Use a large spray nozzle and a high-pressure setting to rinse the area from high to low. Point the sprayer down and keep it approximately a foot away from the siding. Ensure that detergents have been removed before proceeding to the next area. After that, let the siding dry.
So, that’s the cleaning aluminum siding process. Just spray it with a cleaner, scrub it off with a brush, and rinse it to get a good surface for the paint to bond. If you are looking for professional painters to do the process, reach out to The Picky Painters.
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