A large percent of today’s homeowners prefer aluminum when it comes to siding, simply due to the fact that it provides a nice level of protection from the elements, and is easy to repair as well as replace. It is important to note, however, that aluminum siding is quite susceptible when it comes to dents and damage. The good news, however, is that aluminum siding is extremely easy to repair in a do it yourself fashion, saving both money and time. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to quickly remove dents and replace your siding whenever the occasion calls. Here are some step by step instructions that will help you repair your siding the next time it becomes damaged due to weather or accidental impact.
The following instructions will show you how to repair dents in aluminum siding. For minor scratches and abrasions, you can easily wipe these out with a fresh steel wool pad.
Repair Your Dented Aluminum Siding
Aluminum siding dent repair is a quick job that should only take one to two hours to complete. Like many other home repair jobs, you will want to make sure you choose a day where there is no rain or harsh weather conditions, and where there is adequate light.
Your first step will be to drill two holes in the center of the dents in your aluminum siding. The holes should be big enough to fit tightly, but you don’t want to force the screws all the way in, as you will need them in order to eventually straighten out the siding. Once you have placed the screws in the holes, you will use a pair of pliers to grip onto the screws. Gently tug on the screws until the dents are level.
Once the dents are level, the next step is to fill them. At this point, you will remove the screws, and sand down the area with sandpaper or steel wool, just enough so the surface is rough. Spread auto body putty on the rough area to smooth it out, and the best way to do this is with a drywall knife. Smooth the putty into the dent.
Once the putty has dried, you will want to sand the area in order to remove any additional imperfections. Using sandpaper and a sanding block will smooth out the area nicely.
The next step is to paint the aluminum siding. It is always important to prime the siding first. Once you have applied the primer, wait for it to dry thoroughly, and you are ready to apply your first coat of paint.
After you apply the first layer of acrylic paint, wait for the paint to dry and sand the area once more before applying the second layer. This will allow the paint to fully adhere to the siding. If you are unsure about the specific color tone for the paint, you can contact your siding manufacturer to find the perfect match.
Once the second coat is dry, you will be truly amazed with the fresh new look of your aluminum siding, and proud of yourself for a job well done!