Our method for success: 1) Wash aluminum siding and remove all traces of rust.
2) Apply one thick coat of Bull's Eye latex 1-2-3 primer (this stuff is amazing, it truly protects the siding, applies quickly and easily, and lays a great base coat for rich color)
3) Apply two coats of Valspar Ultra Premium Paint in Arid Plains.
We has chosen to do this all by hand, with brushes. Honestly, our hands hurt and our wrists are wondering what they've done to deserve such abuse, but the result is nothing short of amazing.
Although we've suffered some minor setbacks (minor accidents, major bruises, dog's covered in paint (it is a very flattering color on our bulldog!), and weather), we've had nearly the whole neighborhood stop and tell us how amazing it's looking so far. Now, we don't mean to toot our own horns here, but we're putting in some MAJOR sweat equity into our home, and are very pleased to see our neighbors agreeing with our hard work.
I can't wait to post the photos of the "after", but for now, here are some glimpses of this major project:
|Closeup of rust-covered siding BEFORE cleaning, priming, and paint|
|I can't get this to flip, but nevertheless, it's a fantastic closeup of the BROWN siding. Yes, that would be rust you see. Good news is, this rust was surface and had not ruined the siding. It's a little thing called upkeep prior homeowners... meh.|
And, a few teasers shots!!:
|our beautiful pup Chloe, with a side matching our new paint color. Thanks for sitting against the house pup!|
|My extremely brave and amazing fiance! (The little green ladder is mine! =D ) And, our new exterior light fixture!|